Unity Day 2021

Friday, April 23rd, War Memorial Centre Napier

The 2021 Unity Day was an outstanding success.  We had well over 100 registrations and during the day numbers exceeded this.  The focus of the day was on the changes proposed by the Hon. Chester Borrows led Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group-Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora and share ideas.   

The day was livestreamed and you can access a recording of this at this link:


Prof Tracey McIntosh -a member of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora presented the 2021 Robson Lecture. Joining us are the Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, Justice Sector Ministers the Hon. Poto Williams, Minister of Police and the Hon. Kelvin Davis, Minister of Corrections, Sir Kim Workman former Head of the Prison Service and District Court Judge Louis Bidois.

We heard a local perspective  from Zack Makoare and rangatahi from Te Taitimu Trust; members of the Ngāti Kahungunu Kaumatua Panel who support Te Kooti Rangatahi at Te Aranga Marae; Tania Eden CEO Te Taiwhenua o Te Whanganui ā Orotū; Tevita Faka’osi & Malcolm Byford Kainga Pasifika Services; Theresa O’Brien & Ngarino Tauwhirowhiro Te Waati from Māori Movement .

Background Information

Turuki! Turuki! Transforming our criminal justice system to heal not harm. Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora: The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group. Get the Turuki! Turuki! Report here. This builds upon He Waka Roimata a report released in June 2019 and echoes the words of Moana Jackson in He Whaipaanga Hou from 1988

Te Tangi o te Manawanui; Recommendations for Reform- Strengthening the Criminal Justice System for Victims: See report at Chief Victims Advisor to Government Unity Dinner and Book Launch

Following Unity Day we will be hosting the launch of a book on Trust founder Pat Magill’s 50 years of local activism with the launch of a book on Pat’s life.