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Gisborne judge wins international award

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

The Gisborne judge who led the development of a marae-based youth court has received an international award honouring his work.

Judge Heemi Taumaunu is the latest recipient of the Veillard-Cybulski Award for his work with children and families in difficulty.

He established nga Koti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi Courts, in Gisborne in 2008, and encouraged other judges to do the same. There are now eight judges running Rangatahi Courts at 14 marae around the country.

He received the Switzerland-based Veillard-Cybulski Association award, which is made every two years.

The judges praised Judge Taumaunu's leadership skills in devising an inclusive system where Maori children can change behaviour and realise their potential by learning who they are and where they have come.

Judge Taumaunu adapted the concept of Rangatahi Courts from Koori Courts that cater for indigenous youth offenders in parts of Australia, and aims to rehabilitate for young offenders by reconnecting them with their cultural identity.

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