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Re-forming Justice: The Potential of Maori Processes

McLaughlin, Eugene
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) In Eugene McLaughlin, Ross Fergusson, Gordon Hughes and Louise Westmarland, eds., Restorative Justice: Critical Issues. London: Sage Publications in association with The Open University. Pp. 44-53.

Indigenous people in many countries are over-represented in crime, court, and prison statistics. This is also true of the Maori in New Zealand. Yet this has not always been the case. According to Juan Tauri and Allison Morris, in the early colonial period, colonists considered Maori to be relatively law-abiding in contrast to European whalers, seamen, and the like. Moreover, before colonialism, the Maori people were governed by a set of rules and procedures for ordering society and for dealing with wrongdoing. Tauri and Morrison focus on these traditional processes in this paper. They explore whether or not it is possible to return to traditional processes in the modern New Zealand context.


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