Coordinator / Facilitator
The Restorative City Whanganui Trust would like to introduce our new Restorative Justice Coordinator.
Tracy Matthews’ iwi affiliations are Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi (Whanganui) and Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Mutunga (Taranaki).
She is a registered social worker, practicing for over 18 years, a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association Social Workers (ANZASW) and, as of August 2018, a member of Australian Association of Social Workers. She is also currently working towards becoming an accredited Restorative Justice facilitator.
She says that her initial drive and passion for social work is derived from her obligation and responsibility to serve Māori —often over-represented statistically in child abuse and neglect, family/domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health and general unwellness and criminal offending.
She believes it is her duty to support, guide and empower Māori towards self-determination using innate models of practice that are holistic and centred around the family/whanau.
Though early days, Tracy has witnessed Restorative Justice to be a particularly moving and powerful healing process for all participants involved. As a social worker, she considers the restorative justice process the best tool to empower and liberate the vulnerable. It excites her to be in the privileged position to offer and participate in this journey with victims of crime and offenders.
Kristie is responsible for the required day to day administration tasks. She also works alongside the Coordinator and has regular contact with victims, offenders and other stakeholders. Kristie attends court on a regular basis and is passionate about restorative justice.
Rere Sutherland began with Whanganui Restorative Justice Trust as a Community Representative volunteer participating in Restorative Justice conferences. She has now completed the Restorative Justice Facilitator Training and facilitates conferences in the community and in prison.
Ruth Sandiford Phelan
Ruth is the Restorative Justice facilitator for Taumarunui. She is really interested in people, and what drives them to do the things they do. Ruth believes Restorative Justice is a key in creating more harmonious, peaceful communities which recognise the value and dignity of all individuals.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.
Jessica has always worked in people-focused roles. Her early career was spent working her way around the world in various hospitality and customer service roles. Most recently, prior to having her two children, she was a police officer, working mainly on the frontline and in family harm. During her time working for New Zealand Police, she completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She has always been interested in what influences human behaviour and feels fortunate to be working as a restorative justice facilitator — a process that has real potential to allow people to heal from harm. She is currently working towards becoming an accredited Restorative Justice facilitator.