Sentencing Kane Kena, 21, of Dargaville, on a number of charges including assault on a female, injuring with intent to injure and threatening grievous bodily harm, Judge Stan Thorburn said an "ugly incident" had been turned into a powerful healing process for those concerned.

...Judge Thorburn said the relevance for referral to the restorative justice agency was "very powerful in this case".

"The matter has been resolved because of deep family bonds and the deep involvement of the restorative justice agency," he said.
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