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“Maori and Youth Justice in New Zealand.”

Olsen, T.
June 4, 2015

Source: (1985) In: K. Hazlehurst (ed.), Popular Justice and Community Regeneration. London, UK: Praeger, pp. 89-102.

This article describes New Zealand’s attempts to integrate indigenous and Western justice processes in their system of juvenile justice. The extent to which the system has responded to the needs of Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand is evaluated. Previous attempts have tended to take the form of token gestures. In implementing the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, New Zealand explicitly recognizes cultural diversity and the need for criminal justice processes to be both culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive. The focus of this article is to assess the extent to which the act has succeeded in this for the Maori.


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