“The victims were the families of Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Manawa. Tribes and families who, on the 29 March 2012, forgave years and generations of offending,” said Dr Sharples.

“The intergenerational offender who apologised unreservedly, and agreed to work alongside their victims into the future, was of course the Crown.”

Dr Sharples congratulated JustSpeak on their thought provoking position paper, as well as the justice work they were carrying out in communities via forums and online communities.

“If young people are perceived to be part of the problem – then they must also be part of the solution. If Māori are perceived to be part of the problem - then we must be part of the solution too.”

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