Justice system discriminates against Maori?

Pita Sharples thinks the justice system discriminates against Maori:

For most Maori New Zealand justice is unfair, biased and prejudiced, says Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples who has announced a plan to push for a review of the entire system.

In a statement he said the system including, police, courts and corrections “systematically discriminates against Maori”.

Maori offenders were arrested at three times the rate of non Maori for the same crimes, he said.

They were also more likely to have police contact, to be charged, to lack legal representation, not to be granted bail, to plead guilty and to be convicted, said Sharples.

A transformed justice system should include Maori practices, principles and programmes “by Maori, for Maori, with Maori”.

Interesting outlook. Has he stopped for just a moment and thought that perhaps Maori are discriminating against society by their constant criminal predations against it? It is little wonder then that the law rubs up against Maori in a “disproportionate” manner when all the evidence before us suggests that Maori “disproportionately” commit crimes against society as a whole.

I’ll start listening to Pita Sharples when he starts talking and doing something meaningful about Maori child abuse and Maori child neglect.

  • 51% of male prisoners are maori, It should be 15%.
  • 70% have come through Child Youth and Family before hitting Corrections.
  • 50-60% of children in CYF care are Maori.
 


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  • kevin

    I live in Rotorua… tell me about it.

  • Bill Barnsley

    He is just talking to his electorate, happens every three years. Blame honky/ Vote for me.
    He no more believes it than we do.
    The easiest way to fix these appaling stats is to stop offending. Of course that will never happen.
    The only way this country will ever fix the appaling Maori EVERYTHING stats is to stop recording them.

    • Dion

      >The only way this country will ever fix the appaling Maori EVERYTHING stats is to stop > recording them. 

      Bloody hell don’t start giving them ideas!

  • Scanner

    No it’s just that our justice system discriminates against criminals.

  • Notabludger

    Sharples represents a cultural  group who just can’t survive in a society which values by civilised western standards. Unfortunately for them, they lack both the heritage and potential to contribute anything of value.

  • thor42

    Yet more BS from Sharples.  Stuff like this does nothing to help Maori.  He should be going around the country and screaming at Maori about the value of education. 

  • Anonymous

    Learn some respect and values. Stop offending, then we will talk about the discriminating nature of the justice system.

  • Alex

    Let’s play Leftist “deconstruct the message”:

    1. “Discrimination” means it’s not the fault of Maori offenders that they are convicted and imprisoned; it’s the Pakeha’s fault.

    2. “Systematic” means we can’t point to any evidence of specific instances of animus being exhibited to Maori offenders; and anyway evidence is just a western construct.

    The tragedy of this is that most victims of Maori offending are Maori themselves. 

    Probably more evidence why this Tory would prefer the Maori seats to go to Labour; and least then the Maori Labour MPs had to front up to a majority Pakeha caucus and try to convince them and I think this forced them to moderate their views.

  • The problem is not that Maori are over represented in crime stats, it’s that Maori are more impoverished. It’s intergenerational. And after 40 years of state social welfare it’s getting worse, not better. Telling Maori that they are victims and deserve extra support only perpetuates the problem.

    The answer lies in Sharples (and all others) telling Maori that he will fight for resources that will see every child to be functionally literate and numerate when they are 14, that every person will have to stay in education until they are employable, and that the state will cut them off after six months of assistance and place them into work with a private company.

    Not a popular message for Maori and NZ to hear.

  • Adybombs

    Simple maths really, Maori are over represented in the committing of crimes so of course they will be over represented every where else in the justice system.

    This is just Pita trying to seem more radical to grab some votes back from the mana-less party

  • Phronesis

    When I see any stat about “maori” I always wonder how the term “maori” is defined. The well educated middle class “maori” I know don’t publicly label themselves as such because they are not interested in being associated with a bunch of whingers and criminals. The opposite is I suspect also true, the criminal underclasses identify as “maori” regardless of wether it has any real meaning to them. 

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with Adybombs. Hone is due to drop the Uncle Tom bomb on Pita any day now.

  • Cactus Kate

     Men are more over-represented in jail, perhaps men should be having a bitch against women for systemic sexism?

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