Manukau Courier : March 10th 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 10, 2011 NEWS Gentle Quality Dentistry Gentle Quality Dentistry 140 Chapel Rd, Botany Downs www.chapelparkdental.co.nz 272 8488 • ACC Estimates • Treatment for under 18 yrs • Interest Finance Dr Debbie CHIU BDS (Otago) Member of NZDA & Associates Super goldcard holders welcome • Open Late Nights & Weekends • Emergency Care at Normal Rates • Braces/Teeth Straightening FREE 50% discount: Exam+ 2 xrays and clean for $98 only Offer expires 31st March 2011. 3552839AA Beginners Guide To Property Investing FREE 4-hour training workshops We do NOT have any property to sell you! We are NZ Property Investors who are passionate about teaching people just like you, how to secure your financial future through investing in NZ Real Estate. 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The scam was brought to his attention by the Child Cancer Foundation, one of three causes being falsely represented. ‘‘Neither the association nor the Child Cancer Foundation have any involvement with, or know- ledge of, these bogus fundraising calls – and it is despicable that someone would sink to the level of using our good name to take funds meant for sick kids to line their own pockets.’’ Mr Church will investigate further action and says he’ll have no hesitation in pressing charges if the culprits can be identified. ‘‘New Zealand is the most generous country in the world and it would be an absolutely travesty if that spirit were to be curtailed because people can’t be sure that the charity they’re donating to is legitimate.’’ See www.newmarket.co .nz for more information. Maori justice system impresses Aussies Gidday mates: Australia’s standing committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs came to Manurewa Marae to learn about New Zealand justice systems. From left: Federal MPs Graham Perrett, committee deputy chairwoman Dr Sharma Stone, chairman Shayne Neumann, and Barry Haase. Photo: DAVID TAURANGA By DAVID TAURANGA A week-long lesson on New Zealand’s justice systems will help Australia’s indigenous young people. At least that’s what the five members of the Aboriginal and Tor- res Strait Islander Affairs standing committee is hoping. They began their visit by watching a sitting of the Rangatahi Youth Court at Manurewa Marae on Monday. The Australian committee was established last year to investigate the high level of indigenous youth and young adults in the country’s criminal justice system. Its inquiry will focus on preven- tion and early intervention to reduce detention and incarceration rates for indigenous Australians. The rates are 28 times higher than those for non-indigenous juveniles. The committee’s been tasked with reporting on its findings and mak- ing recommendations, which it expects to complete by the end of March. Chairman Shayne Neumann says in order to do that they have come ‘‘to their mates in New Zealand to learn and to listen’’. ‘‘Sadly in many ways we’ve gone backwards in the last 20 years – we hope these recommendations will arrest the decline and close the gaps in terms of justice in Australia,’’ he says. ‘‘The purpose of this visit is to learn from the Maori courts and the youth courts particularly and we’ve been honoured to watch how they operate.’’ After a formal powhiri the com- mittee was invited to sit in on two separate proceedings involving Maori youth in the wharenui of the marae. The sitting was officiated by Orakei Rangatahi Court principal Judge Eddie Paul. Committee deputy chairwoman Dr Sharman Stone says it was impressive watching the families of the young offenders supporting the decisions made by the court. ‘‘It was important to see it was supportive, it wasn’t so much a case of reinforcing the wrong done but building on a future plan or strat- egy. That was impressive.’’ Dr Stone says the Koori court sys- tem operates in her state of Vic- toria. It’s a division of the Magistrates Court that sentences indigenous defendants who plead guilty to offences. Committee member Graham Per- rett says the Maori court model has some roots in the Koori system and it’s interesting to look at those adaptations and see how they would translate into Australia. In some parts of Australia, par- ticularly in Queensland and West- ern Australia, there are significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, he says. ‘‘So there’s some elements that might work, where as in Brisbane and other urban areas it might be a little bit more problematic in terms of doing a cookie cutter and moving it straight over,’’ Mr Perrett says. Go to www.manukau courier.co .nz to hear Judge Eddie Paul’s views on the Rangatahi Court system.
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