Source: (1999) Justice as Healing

The author argues two points. Firstly, that the family group conferencing forum and its related legislation (The 1989 Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act) signifies the indigenisation of New Zealand's criminal justice system rather than the empowerment of Maori. Secondly, rather than signifying the ability of our justice system to culturally sensitise itself, family group conferencing in fact underlines the willingness of the State to disempower Maori by employing their justice processes while denying them a significant measure of jurisdictional autonomy.

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