SocietyDecember 10, 2020

The real question we should be asking about Māori and prisons


Instead of asking why so many Māori people are in prison, maybe we should be asking why we’ve created a prison system that’s obsessed with putting Māori people in it.

If you don’t want to go to prison just don’t do any crimes, right? Unfortunately, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. When we have internal biases deeply ingrained at every level of the justice system, they’re going to have an influence on who ends up behind bars. Janaye Henry explains.


A new documentary follows Scribe’s grim past, and looks towards a hopefully brighter future. Image compilation: TVNZ/Tina Tiller

Behind the scenes of Scribe’s new documentary

'We knew that potentially it could be an incomplete or unfinished story arc and that the end of the story might well be Scribe's vanished again.'
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The Sunday Essay: Out of zone – growing up Kiwi-Asian in the early 2000s

The Sunday Essay: Out of zone

There is something in the water here, the ever-flowing awa that carries down Taranaki Maunga himself.