Testimonials

Victim Feedback

It was very well run.  As one of the victim’s family I felt it gave us the opportunity to be heard and we were important.  I think it also gives a reality to what happened to the accused by having to face the victim’s family.  I totally believe these circumstances provide more to families and communities than only the Court process.  I found the conference very beneficial.

I personally felt it was a worthwhile exercise for all concerned. Naturally the impacts and reaction to this will be different for each individual however it seemed to be a positive experience overall. Thank you for facilitating this meeting and assisting in the process of moving forward.

It was totally worth participating in this. I was well supported and informed throughout the process. Fully appreciated the time and effort of Sue Anderson and the community representatives.

I found the meeting very positive, although a very difficult day, it was a very worthwhile experience for my family. It has helped to talk it over with the others involved and I could see and empathise with their pain. Both of us feel this was a very well organised meeting and you coordinated the meeting so well it actually made it a lot easier. I applaud these types of meetings as an alternative to Courts and Judges only being involved. I think the restorative justice process really did acknowledge our family, but was also respectful to the offender and his family. It was a day that helped me with my grieving process.

Without RJ assistance I don’t think we would have been able to obtain the awesome result that we obtained.  Thank you for your support and in our situation this was an awesome opportunity for us to access and I think there are many families in NZ who would benefit from this service but perhaps are not aware of the programme and services available.

The report on the RJ meeting was an accurate record of what transpired. I came away satisfied with the outcome. It was something as you well know I have been wanting to do for some time now, not just for me but for the offender and I include his family as well. I was very confident that the day would end well for everyone. I bare no ill and I earnestly hope that in time to come he can turn his life around. That will of course be entirely up to the life choices he chooses to make. Many thanks for bringing this process about; it certainly helped me to finally bring this chapter in the process to a close.

I was impressed with both facilitators and the panel approach. The two community members added value. Very professional all round. I was interested to go through the process and feel (hope) that it may make a positive difference for the offender.

Offender Feedback

Myself and partner have been very positive since and the feel in our home is much more relaxed and easy – it has a whole new vibe.

I found the people that accompanied the restorative justice person wonderful, very understanding and with cultural sensitivity – lovely people.  Their feedback I found to be extremely helpful and didn’t feel like they were judging me.

I was able to apologise to the victim in person so that made me feel better. Generally the meeting went well but was tough for my victim. Thank you.

I have nothing negative to say about the restorative justice system. It has helped both parties to move on with their lives. I would like to thank Susan Anderson and all of the restorative justice people for letting me speak and apologise for the terrible accident that I had caused. It has surely helped me a lot.

They treated everyone with equal respect and did not harm anyone in a cultural way.

Because I did what was asked of me I am a new man.  I also have better communication.

The meeting helped me to move on to better my life and repair the heartache I caused towards my wife, kids and family. This also showed me that my son, that I shunned, came to support me and made me proud on that day. I have so much to be grateful for and apologise to everyone for my stupidity. Thank you all for giving me the chance to start on the right track and will never drink again.

First and foremost I thank you Sue for facilitating our hui. Your briefing prior to this hui helped me to gain the confidence that was needed, gave me a lot to think about, plus the time to reflect on my situation. You are so calm and amazing. Through this I was able to seek help from one of our rangatira of Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority, a well known kuia in our community. To my children and moko, thank you for giving me the time to express my thoughts and this great love for you all. This was gained by you Sue and Restorative Justice I sincerely thank you.