Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. October/November. Issue 12. Downloaded 11 June 2004.Howard Zehr, a leading international practitioner for restorative justice, emphasizes the need for restorative justice to focus on the needs of the victims and avoid offender biases. He is enthusiastic about the pilots and supports community involvement in the process. Howard highlights the issue of choosing referrals without personal biases and the need for âproactive referral system.â? He praises the youth justice family group conferencing that New Zealand has implemented and sees this as an important aspect of the restorative justice system.