Justice system discriminates against Maori?

Pita Sharples thinks the justice system discriminates against Maori:

For most Maori New Zealand justice is unfair, biased and prejudiced, says Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples who has announced a plan to push for a review of the entire system.

In a statement he said the system including, police, courts and corrections “systematically discriminates against Maori”.

Maori offenders were arrested at three times the rate of non Maori for the same crimes, he said.

They were also more likely to have police contact, to be charged, to lack legal representation, not to be granted bail, to plead guilty and to be convicted, said Sharples.

A transformed justice system should include Maori practices, principles and programmes “by Maori, for Maori, with Maori”.

Interesting outlook. Has he stopped for just a moment and thought that perhaps Maori are discriminating against society by their constant criminal predations against it? It is little wonder then that the law rubs up against Maori in a “disproportionate” manner when all the evidence before us suggests that Maori “disproportionately” commit crimes against society as a whole.

I’ll start listening to Pita Sharples when he starts talking and doing something meaningful about Maori child abuse and Maori child neglect.

  • 51% of male prisoners are maori, It should be 15%.
  • 70% have come through Child Youth and Family before hitting Corrections.
  • 50-60% of children in CYF care are Maori.