Care Over Punishment: Conference 2021

April 21-22. 2021   2:00 PM - 6:00pm EST


Workshop #1 : New Zealand

This panel will discuss the current restorative initiatives occurring in Aotearoa New Zealand. It will specifically address work done in the adult justice space through cultural engagement and Iwi Community Justice Panels, and restorative practices elsewhere in the public and private sectors, including in healthcare, the workplace, and tertiary education.

Jane Bolito


Jane Bolitho is the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice which serves as the focus for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching on restorative justice theory and practice. She is a social scientist trained in the disciplines of psychology and sociology. Her work explores the experiences of those coming before criminal justice systems and the operations of formal and community-based justice systems.

Sarah Roth Shank


Sarah Roth Shank is a restorative justice researcher, trainer and practitioner. She has a PhD in public policy and restorative justice, with a research focus on the institutionalization of restorative justice. Sarah works with the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice and is a senior consultant at Aspen Restorative Consulting. 

Simon Kairau


Simon Kairau is a Senior Sergeant: District Māori/Pacific/Ethnic Advisor. He maintains a strong cultural/indigenous footprint within the New Zealand Police Service holding a number of portfolios such as supported resolutions. He is a recipient of the Woolf Fisher Police Fellowship from the Woolf Fisher Family Foundation in New Zealand for his work with Alternative Justice through Iwi Community Panels. In November 2019 he presented as an international keynote speaker at the Canadian National Restorative Justice Symposium in Banff Alberta. He has a passion for building indigenous capability to work with communities and partners, collectively working towards the common goal of reducing offending rates.

Alex Zuur


Alex Zuur is a restorative justice facilitator, researcher and social worker with significant experience in designing and implementing trauma informed responses to harm in front line and institutional contexts.  She has a strong foundation in front line street outreach, advocacy and case facilitation and is now passionate about the application and implementation of restorative frameworks to different situations of sexual harm.