Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced that the recently formed criminal justice advisory group will be visiting the regions.
Officially called the “Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora,” the group that was launched in July recently added Shila Nair and Quentin Hix.
“The Criminal Justice Summit in August allowed us to kick-start the conservation from all angles. We heard from Maori, victims, practitioners, former criminals and justice representatives with first-hand experience of how to improve the system,” Little said. “We want to test what we’ve heard and listen to as many people as we can.”
The advisory group will hold its first visit in Auckland on Monday, 15 October. The meeting, which will be conducted from 9:30am to 11:30am, will be held at the Papatoetoe Library. The next visit will be in Auckland on, 16 October, from 9:30am to 11.30am at the Otahuhu Library, and from 2:30pm to 4.30pm at the Manurewa Library.
The other locations and dates are:
- Canterbury: 29-30 October
- Northland: 5-6 November
- Bay of Plenty: 5-6 November
- Waikato: 13-14 November
- Taranaki: 15 November
- Whanganui/Manawatu/Horowhenua: 16-17 November
- Otago/Southland: 19-21 November
- Wellington: 23 November
- West Coast: 27-28 November
- Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa: 28-29 November
- East Coast: 3-4 December
- Tasman/Marlborough: 10-11 December
“This is fundamentally about keeping all New Zealand communities safer, and for that to happen we need less offending, less reoffending, and fewer victims of crime,” Little said.
Advisory group chair and former Minister, Hon Chester Borrows, said that the advisory group is focused on hearing from people whose lives and work are affected by the criminal justice system and on gathering ideas on how the system can be improved.