A retired pharmacist with a special interest in addiction and mental health, Glen is a Fellow of, and Past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ. He has been a Rotarian for almost 50 years, and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Milson and a Past District Governor for Rotary District 9940, which covers the bottom third of the North Island. A Justice of the Peace, Glen sees Restorative Justice as potentially transformational for our community.
Darlene is a retired accountant, and is also on the Boards of Abbyfield Palmerston North and International Inner Wheel. She is passionate about dispute resolution and harm acknowledgement as a means of preventing further offending.
Paul has extensive legal experince, working both as a prosecutor and defence counsel in the Manawatū region. He has seen the value of restorative justice in cases he has been involved with, and is a firm believer in the good that can flow from restorative justice for everyone involved.
Naomi is the Manager of Te Roopu Whakaruruhau o Nga Wāhine Māori (Women’s Refuge) in the Manawatū, and a passionate advocate for improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Naomi sees restorative practices as providing a safe way for those impacted by crime to participate, and reducing and preventing harmful action and behaviour.
From Ngati Mutunga and Ngati Tama. Bev retired after 26 years at Massey University's Information Technology Services, which included 6 years on the University Council as an elected staff representative. A past president of Zonta Manawatu, Bev is currently Chair of the Olive Tree Charitable Trust. She sees restorative justice as a meaningful way of helping victims heal, and of reducing the chances of offenders re-offending.
Originally a secondary school teacher, Sue completed a Masters degree in counselling in 2008, with the specialist topic of Restorative Mediation. She is a counsellor registered wtih the NZ Association of Counsellors, and is a member of their National Executive. Sue has also trained as a Family Court Mediator. She has worked as a restorative justice Facilitator since 2015, and is accredited for cases involving Family Violence.
Anne is based in the Horowhenua, and has worked as a Facilitator for MRJT for ten years. She is committed to restorative justice, believing it gives the victims of crime the opportunity for meaningful input into the court system. It also reduces the chances of the offender re-offending.
Esmae was introduced to the Manawatu Restorative Justice Trust in 2009, and trained as a Facilitator in 2010. Through the years, she has seen time and again how a restorative approach to justice can bring so much healing; not just for victims but also to those who have caused harm to others. It helps far more than the punitive system which many people find themselves caught up in.
Neil has been involved with Restorative Justice in the Manawatu since 1997, when a group of interested peole met informally to discuss the concept. He believes our criminal justice system is based on guilt and punishment, whereas Restorative Justice focuses on understanding, hope, respect and resolution. It is a complement to the standard system, another way of dealing with crime when it is appropriate. Restorative Justice in NZ was a community initiative – it was not imposed on us by the government!
We all make a mess of things from time to time, and sometimes people are harmed by our actions. Sorting things out can be tough. There can be shame, guilt and fear of retribution. I value being a Restorative Justice facilitator becasue it's about helping people have respectful conversations as part of putting things right. I learn every day from people courageous enough to give it a go.
Dr. John Waldon - Ngai Tūhoe (Ngā Koura, Te Urewera), Ngā Kahungunu, Ngā Pōrou. With a PhD in Maori Studies, and a Master's degree in Public Health, John is an elected member of the Midcentral District Health Board and practices as a contract researcher.Currently Chair and President of the Manawatū centre of the Cancer society, John has also served on the Boards of the Public Health Association and the NZ Drug Foundation.
One of the Trust's original Facilitaors, Audrey is passionate about restorative justice, convinced of the benefits to both parties when a person who has been harmed chooses to meet the person who did the harm. She argues that the retributive model, which simply punishes the offender, has done nothing to reduce crime, but restorative justice often has sucess in helping the perpetrator take responsibility for the harm done and also help the person who has been harmed to heal. A qualified counsellor, Audrey does some work with the prisoner population of Manawatū Prison.
Phil spent much of his life working in secondary schools, both in New Zealand and in SE Asia. He saw how much more effective restorative justice was in education than simply punishing a student who had broken a rule. By involving everyone affected by the act - teachers, parents and other students – pupils came to understand the effects of their actions and could be helped to repair the damage.