Maori prison just about a done deal, say Maori Party

Ngati Kahungunu are already in discussions with Corrections about running a prison entirely on Maori values, the Maori Party says.

Maori currently make up 52 per cent of the prison population, prompting suggestions on how that rate could be reduced.

Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis has put forward a proposal for an entirely Maori approach to corrections.

But Maori Party co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell say they’ve already been in talks with the last three corrections ministers over the idea, based on a proposal put forward by their predecessor Sir Pita Sharples.

Ms Fox said discussions were already underway between the party, the department and Ngati Kahungunu in Hawkes Bay.

“It’s been something that’s been the top of the discussions the last three years with me certainly and Corrections are currently talking with Kahungunu,” she said.

“Eventually, in the future, this is going to be inevitable. I don’t think it’s happening now but we need to look at what is the pathway to get there and that is what we’re in discussions about.”

Ms Fox said Maori should be given the opportunity to show that things don’t have to be run the same way they always have.

When it comes to Maori issues, National bend over backwards to keep those Maori Party people appeased.

Mr English said the work needs to be done before Maori get to prison.

“We’ve got a significant proportion of offenders are Maori, all our rehabilitation efforts that are going on to reduce reoffending of course takes into account what’s going to work for them, as it does for any offender,” he said.

Mr English said “There will not be any prison segregation based on race on my watch”.

Oh no, I must have imagined him saying that.

The reasons not to vote for National just keep piling up.   And just to beat a dead horse, only NZ First have a consistent policy of One Law for All and being fervently against Maori-specific legislation of any kind.

It’s not that I’ve become a NZ First supporter.  National has left me.  All their values are slowly changing to those of a pre-Clark Labour party.

 

– NZN via NZ City


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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