Wellington Scoop

Politicians joining Max Harris for a debate on criminal justice

Press Release – Just Speak NZ
This Thursday at 6.30pm Max Harris hosts a criminal justice election forum at Wellington High School Hall, brought to you by JustSpeak.

Law and order is wheeled out every election. But now that we have more people in prison than ever before and plans for another billion dollar prison, will this be another predictable political football? Or, have we reached a turning point in the criminal justice debate?

Kicking off Thursday night’s election forum, Julia Whaipooti will be ‘on the couch’ with guests Eugene Ryder (Black Power), Elizabeth Hall (Barrister) and Danny Poa (Community Law restorative justice facilitator)to talk about the realities of living through, and working with, the criminal justice system.

Politicians Grant Roberston, Sarah Dowie, Marama Fox, Denis O’Rourke, David Clendon and Geoff Simmons will then set out their visions for criminal justice this election. This will be followed by a Q&A for members of the public to engage politicians on the issues affecting their communities.

The audience will score JustSpeak’s election priorities, as well as those of the political parties.

The Wellington election forum comes hot on the heels of Whiti Te Rā, a kaupapa Māori hui on transforming criminal justice held last week in Rotorua. This Thursday the public and politicians will get a chance to hear what came out of this important hui directly from participants.

The forum will be livestreamed through the JustSpeak NZ Facebook page.

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