Māori and the Criminal Justice System—A Critical Review

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Presented by Dr Juan Tauri

Lectures, talks and seminars

SACS Research Seminar Series

15 May 2019 12:00 pm to 15 May 2019 1:00 pm

MY305 (Murphy Building Level 3)

2018 marked thirty years since the publication of Moana Jackson’s ground-breaking exploration of Maori experiences of crime control in Aotearoa New Zealand, Maori and the Criminal Justice System: He Whaipaanga Hou.

Based on research with over 3000 Maori participants, Jackson’s report highlighted a number of significant issues with the Maori-criminal justice relationship that resonate with the experiences of Indigenous people in other countries. Among others, these include the criminalisation of Maori youth through differential, racialised policing strategies and social and economic dislocation and precarity resulting from high rates of imprisonment.

Informed by preliminary findings of a Marsden-funded project on Maori and Pacifica experiences of youth justice, and the 2018 report They’re Our Whanau: Maori Perspectives on New Zealand’s Justice System (University of Otago School of Medicine), this presentation offers a critical review of the Maori-criminal justice relationship in the three decades since the release of Jackson’s report. The presentation will focus in particular on the state’s policy, programmatic and legislative response to Maori critique of settler-colonial crime control.

For more information contact: Gill Blomgren

Speaker Bios

Juan Tauri is a Ngati Porou lecturer in criminology in the Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Waikato. Juan has carried out research and published on a range of issues, including state responses to Indigenous critique of crime control, the globalisation of restorative justice, the impact of institutional research ethics processes on Indigenous-led research, and Indigenous experiences of crime control policies and interventions in settler colonial contexts.