Together JustSpeak and Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust bring you Whiti Te Rā - a kaupapa Māori hui on transformative change in criminal justice - 17-18 July, Te Papaiouru Marae, Ōhinemutu, Rotorua.

With record numbers of Māori in prison in the last year, another prison planned and talks of kaupapa Māori prisons, it is timely that we have space for a collective conversation on what a kaupapa Māori vision for transformative change can look like.

You might have been working in this area for decades, seen the inside of a prison cell yourself or through your whānau's eyes, or be fresh to this kaupapa.

On the first day you can expect to be challenged and inspired by keynote speakers - lawyer and Māori rights activist Moana Jackson, former co-leader of the Māori Party Tā Pita Sharples, the face of criminal justice reform Dr Kim Workman, and criminal lawyer and activist Annette Sykes. They’ll also be joined by pop-up speakers who will each have 5 minutes to share their story, provoke or entertain you.

The second day is an open space where you will set the agenda. You can bring your ideas and experiences to share, or join in sessions with others or take part in our rangatahi stream. Collectively we’ll work towards a vision for change that can be presented to politicians at JustSpeak election forums on 20 July (Auckland) and 27 July (Wellington).


This hui is for Māori as well as those who work in a kaupapa Māori framework or would like to. Spaces are limited so we have a short application process so that we can ensure prioritised attendance, and that we have a wide range of experiences represented. Priority will also go to those who can attend both days of the hui.

We're relying on you to spread the word amongst your networks and you can nominate people that you think should be there here.

Applications must be in by 14 June and you will be notified if you have a place by 19 June.

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Government/Private Sector    $450+GST

NGO/Charity > $1m   $320+GST

NGO/Charity < $1m   $210+GST

Individual without organisational support $180+GST

Rangatahi (under 21 years)  $60 +GST

Formerly incarcerated individual FREE

Scholarships for free places on application

Groups - We'll be in touch with you to confirm costs

We don't want cost to be a barrier for you to attend. If you have been formerly incarcerated registration is free and the fee for under 21s is heavily subsidised. We also have a number of free places for those who otherwise couldn't attend, as well as some support available for travel and accommodation if you need it. Fees cover all kai, including a conference dinner on Monday night.