Andrew Little – New Zealanders want a better justice system

Minister of Justice Andrew Little in response to the Te Uepū report – Transforming our Criminal Justice System.


New Zealanders from across the country are calling for the criminal justice system to be overhauled, says Justice Minister Andrew Little.

The Minister today released the interim report He Waka Roimata from Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, which captures feedback from New Zealanders on the current state of the justice system and offers insights on how it can be improved.

“I welcome the first report from Te Uepū, which clearly demonstrates a public appetite for long-term sustainable and enduring transformation in the justice system,” says Andrew Little.

“This report follows comprehensive engagement with the community and shows New Zealanders want to see less offending, less re-offending, and fewer victims of crime, who are better supported.

“The report provides sober reading. There are many stories and examples shared by victims, families, offenders and organisations that are upsetting, especially those that demonstrate failings in the system that could be avoided through simple, early and appropriate interventions.

“The report also offers hope. The overwhelming sense is that we can make change for the better, and deliver safer and more effective justice for all New Zealanders.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has given their voice especially those who have been victimised.

“Te Uepū is now developing reform options for the Government that it believes will contribute to a safer and more effective justice system,” says Andrew Little.

The interim report can be found at: http://www.safeandeffectivejustice.govt.nz/about-this-work/te-uepu-report

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4 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  9th June 2019

    Little should have phrased it better. New Zealanders need a better justice system – but many/most don’t know that which will be a barrier to change unless explained properly.

    Assuming they want it is bound to fail.

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  2. Blazer

     /  9th June 2019

    time to dispense with the rights…’lock em up’ mentality.

    Reply
    • Have you a better suggestion (a workable one) ?

      You may be unaware that prisoners have access to literacy and other skills like learning to be builders’ labourers in prison.

      Reply
  3. Duker

     /  10th June 2019

    Well they have a sort of branding image, so the web design is all good.

    Reply

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