In some places young Māori offenders are dealt with in a Māori setting. Many people who work with these offenders argue that culturally relevant programmes and processes will reduce the likelihood of reoffending. In 2008 the Youth Court sat at Te Poho o Rāwiri marae in Gisborne. The initiative was extended to Manurewa marae in South Auckland in 2009. Principal Youth Court judge Andrew Becroft (second from left) and Police Superintendent Wally Houmaha (third from left) are shown at the marae.
Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples said: '[T]o stand in a court at your marae with your ancestors and your aunties, uncles and cousins – it's scary. Some will think it's soft but this is the hard option ... This is how we reconnect them. A lot of children are going to court and finding their Maori side...' (New Zealand Herald, 24 September 2009)
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