1 May 2012

Position paper on Maori and justice launches

7:10 pm on 1 May 2012

The organisation Just Speak is to launch a position paper on Maori and the criminal justice system at a function in Wellington on Tuesday night.

Justspeak which was established early last year is a network of rangatahi (young people) and is part of the organisation Rethinking Crime and Punishment.

The position paper aims to promote public awareness about the justice system which the organisation says appears to be unfair to Maori.

Guest speakers at Tuesday's event include Justice Williams, Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, Sir Eddie Durie and lawyer Moana Jackson.

Co-chair Kate Stone hopes the discussion will prompt politicians to take a fresh look at problems in the justice system.

She hopes politicians will consider one of the paper's recommendations and adopt a Bill of Rights Act when considering policies and legislation.