Police and Iwi leaders set new target to reduce Māori offending

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019, 9:58AM
One expert isn't convinced the strategy will work. (Photo / File)

Police and Iwi leaders set new target to reduce Māori offending

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 7 Nov 2019, 9:58AM

Police and Iwi leaders are joining forces on a refreshed Māori strategy, to help police respond better to need in the community.

Police say Te Huringa o Te Tai builds on the success of the 2012 Turning the Tide strategy.

Commissioner Mike Bush says Māori are over-represented in the criminal justice sector as victims and offenders.

Police say the strategy will help reduce offending and reoffending for Māori.

The plan will see local action plans designed and implemented in partnership with iwi.

However, one criminal law expert can't see many differences in the police's new Māori strategy.

AUT associate professor Khylee Quince told Mike Hosking it's more of a refreshed strategy than a new one.

"Without having looked at the fine detail, I'm not sure what they are intending to do differently asides from setting that higher target."

She says that the 2012 target, to reduce first-time offending by 10 per cent, didn't work particularly well.

"That strategy has been really good for non-Māori, but the data in relation to Māori is pretty dire."

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