Resolution Institute conference

Spotlight on practice

16–17 October 2019, Wellington NZ

You cannot wipe away tears without getting your hands wet

with Danny Poa and Madeleine Taylor

This interactive workshop will give you time to consider, with others, the losses and expressions of loss encountered during the Restorative Justice process and your own response and interactions with loss.


Danny Poa grew up in Upper Hutt close to Rimutaka Prison in a community that was surrounded with people who were either employed by the prison or families who had moved down to be closer to visit their loved ones during their stay in prison. In this sense, the conversations around punishment and how people chose to live through it was quite normal. During university, Danny went on to facilitate and co-ordinate restorative justice services. Danny has continued facilitating restorative justice conferences at a limited capacity branching more broadly towards his interests on social justice and issues that impact Māori.

Over Danny’s professional life he has experience in justice working at community law Wellington and Hutt Valley’s services to Māori team, in the international NGO sector working for UNICEF as an advocate for child rights and is now placed at the University of Otago managing Te Koronga, a research theme on Indigenous Science and Indigenous research excellence.


Madeleine Taylor grew up in a rural community, went to boarding school at 12. She was a health social worker for 6 years then in 1995 moved to private practice. She is married to Wayne and has 3 adult sons.

Her work with grief and loss has been extensive - Wellington Sudden Infant Death group, local Hospice, and with staff who have witnessed sudden unexpected deaths at work. In 2001 Madeleine trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator. She enjoys walking, being with friends and supporting her local surf life-saving club.