Coordinator / Facilitator
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Tracy is a registered social worker with SWRB (Social Work Registration Board) and member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association Social Workers) for over 20 years. Her drive and passion for social work derives from her obligation and responsibility to serve Māori. Tracy believes it’s her duty to tautoko, guide and empower Māori towards self-determination using innate models of practice that are holistic and centered around the hauora / well-being of family / whānau.
Tracy has been a Resolution Institute accredited facilitator for three years also specialising in family violence / family harm. Tracy affirms that restorative justice is a Māori model that upholds the process of Tapu, Utu, Muru and Ea and innately feels it is a privilege to support victim/s (the harmed) and whānau, and offenders (person/s causing the harm) and their whānau on a journey towards accountability, reciprocity, healing, and liberation through the art of courageous conversation kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).
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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.
Dale Anderson has been a facilitator for restorative justice for the past eight years, in four different regions and increasingly sees the value facilitating meetings ‘with’ people who have either caused harm or have been harmed.
Dale’s particular approach engages participants in sharing their experience to find their own solutions and understand their experience to affect healing. This is achieved by asking the right questions and gaining a depth of understanding of the particular issues involved to ensure the people directly affected by the offence aren’t treated as outsiders in the system. Dale believes the restorative justice process provides meaningful outcomes that other processes simply cannot achieve.
Honesty and integrity reside within these conversations which include at times tough questioning which are essential to create a restorative space. Difficult conversations are achieved successfully by creating a safe space where people can express themselves without the fear of being judged. Dale ensures people get the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about their experience of the offending.
Specialising in the field of family harm where the strength of the professional relationship with participants are at the heart of her practice is the purpose with every conference facilitated. It is a core belief of Dale’s that all people should be entitled to receive the experience of self-determination and autonomy in their lives, empowering both offenders and victims to determine what their needs are and how these should be met.