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Maori Justice–The Marae as a Forum for Justice.

Tomas, Nin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) In Wanda D. McCaslin, ed., Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways. Writings on Community Peacemaking and Restorative Justice from the Native Law Centre. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press. Pp. 134-140.

Justice wears many different faces, and yet in essence it is constant and, just like the flax bush, essential to our existence. When our actions are in accordance with Pono (truth) and Tika (moral rightness), then justice is done. Justice is the means by which we, as humans, keep our world balanced. Its measure is the sense of harmony and well-being felt by the individual and reflected in his or her actions within the community. Justice, then, is a communal asset of great value to the spiritual and physical well-being of any community. The ultimate product of justice is social stability based on consent by consensus.” (excerpt)


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