1 Nov 2011

Marae 'one-stop shop' justice model inspires

6:45 am on 1 November 2011

Police in Canterbury are looking into whether they can set up a permanent one-stop crime and justice shop, following a successful operation at a Christchurch marae.

A temporary hub housing officers, Maori wardens, prison staff, courts and social workers has been running at Nga Hau e Wha National Marae while the region rebuilds from February's earthquake.

Inspector Doug Parker says police are working with Ngai Tahu to investigate if the same model could be established on a permanent basis - but not necessarily at marae.

He says there's a lot of synergy from having certain departments grouped under one roof.