Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. August/September. Issue 11. Downloaded 11 June 2004.As restorative justice has gotten increasingly popular in the Aukland area, more and more judges are making referrals for offenders to attend victim-offender conferences. Cathy Brown, a restorative justice co-ordinator, hopes for more referrals to be made for multiple conviction offenders, not just first-time offenders. She also emphasizes the need for proper timing so that the victim does not feel rushed into contact. Police officers are attending conferences in large numbers and are giving positive feedback about what they experienced.