Restorative Justice Programme in
Traditional Māori Society
Te Whanau Awhina involves the voluntary participation of the victim of the crime and the offender and whanau of the Marae, in discussions. The goal is to “restore” the relationship, fix the damage that has been done and prevent further crimes from occurring.
Restorative justice allows the offender to recognise what they have done, to accept responsibility for their actions and to be actively involved in improving the situation. The offender makes reparation to victims, themselves and the community.