A tikanga Māori lens on restorative justice - panel

With Awatea Mita and a panel of Māori Restorative Justice Providers

Beyond tikanga basics and generic concepts of tikanga in Restorative Justice (RJ), this session aims to present a nuanced conversation that dispels the notion of Māori as a homogenous group and embraces the diversity of Māori perspectives on tikanga in RJ.

Awatea Mita will facilitate a panel discussion with representatives from Māori Restorative Justice Providers, asking them to share their thoughts on the following questions and others from the virtual floor:

  • In your opinion, what is tikanga in RJ and why is this important?
  • How is tikanga interwoven into RJ practice in your context?
  • What advice would you offer to RJ facilitators and providers who want to deepen their understanding of tikanga to enhance their practice?

Full panel to be confirmed, currently including:

  • Wyllis Maihi (Orakei Marae Manager)

  • Jacques Puriri-Kaitapu (Āmaia Te Rongo Manager-Navigating Peaceful Resolutions, Orakei Marae)

  • Taylor Hill (Specialist Facilitation Service - Restorative Justice and Te Pae Oranga, Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu)

  • Waana Joyce and Louis Paul (Restorative Justice Facilitators, Ngāti Hine Trust)

  • Tā Pita Sharples (KNZM CBE)

  • Shane White (Operations Manager, Hoani Waititi Marae)


Awatea Mita

Awatea Mita (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Porou) is the Restorative Justice Administration Manager at Resolution Institute and previously worked at Restorative Practices Aotearoa as the Office Manager. She is a justice advocate speaking out for equitable outcomes in the criminal justice system with an equal passion for Indigenous rights. Awatea holds a BA in Psychology and Criminology and a minor in Te Reo Māori. She is also currently completing postgraduate studies.