Home' The Wellingtonian : June 16th 2011 Contents 4 THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 16, 2011
New Zealand has one of the highest Imprisonment rates
in the developed world. Recent increases in the severity of
sentences will only make matters worse. This will be both
costly for taxpayers and socially damaging. Yet relatively
little attention is being given to prisoner rehabilitation
or the reintegration of offenders into the community.
Not surprisingly, many people re offend, and the vicious
cycle continues. This forum will explore the various
ethical values and considerations that should underpin
New Zealand's criminal justice system and consider how
to improve offender rehabilitation and reintegration --
thereby encouraging social inclusion, reducing crime and
enhancing overall societal wellbeing.
• Chris Marshall -- Offender Reintegration: Insights
from the Teaching of Jesus
• Kim Workman -- Loving the Prisoner: What should
• Julian Buchanan -- Damaged Lives and Troubled
People: The Challenges for Inclusion and
Chris Marshall is the St John's Associate Professor of
Christian Theology at Victoria University of Wellington. He
has long experience in the practice of restorative justice
and has worked extensively on developing a biblical
theology of justice and restoration.
Kim Workman is the Executive Director of Rethinking
Crime and Punishment, a project which promotes public
debate and dialogue and issues of crime and justice.
Julian Buchanan is Associate Professor at the Institute of
Criminology. He joined Victoria University of Wellington in
January this year having previously worked as an academic
at universities in England and Wales. He began his career
as probation officer working on Merseyside, England. His
main research interests centre upon examining the links
between drug use, crime and social exclusion.
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Join Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown
and Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon on
Saturday 18 June from 10am to 1pm
to tour the Mayor's Office and Council
Chamber in the Town Hall.
A presentation will be made every hour on the
hour by Gábor Tóth -- the New Zealand history
specialist for Wellington City Libraries, followed
by tea and coffee.
As well as seeing our wonderful space, the
open day will be a great opportunity to learn
more about the Council's role.
For more information contact Jodi Turton,
Functions Coordinator, Office of
the Mayor, on 801 3107.
Council's hands tied
over Basin flyover
By JONO GALUSZKA
Wellington City Council is as good as
powerless to prevent a flyover being
built around the Basin Reserve.
Council spokesman Richard MacLean
said the status of the project in the
Government's transport plans for the
Wellington region removed it from
The council can make its views
known, but this is a state highway and
indeed a road of national significance,''
This means the council is very lim-
ited in what it can actually do.''
While full details of plans have not
been released, councillors were making
their views known.
Council transport portfolio leader
Andy Foster said the situation was
hypothetical, but there was a process to
The process will be a couple of
months' consultation from the public.
Then the council will have a further
month to make a submission,'' he said.
If the council disagreed with parts of
the plan, there might be nothing it
In the Kapiti situation [on the con-
sultation of the Kapiti expressway], it
seems they [Kapiti residents] were not
keen on it,'' Mr Foster said.
He said the road looked to be going
ahead regardless, which raised con-
If [there is opposition and the road is
pushed through] we will have to really
wonder about the Government's
approach,'' said Mr Foster.
If Government was so determined to
build the road, that would be a signifi-
The council's representative on the
Basin Reserve Trust, John Morrison,
said the scenario was akin to the
Wellywood sign near the airport.
All we could really do is ask them
[Wellington Airport] not to put up the
sign,'' Mr Morrison said.
He said the Basin Reserve Trust had
always said what it wanted if a flyover
[The trust] has always been quite
clear on our position on the integrity of
the Basin. If you take what has been
said in the papers, the option that is 65
metres away is better.''
He said the fuss would be minimal,
considering the current layout. At the
moment it [the road] is five metres
away and you can't hear it.''
Lambton ward councillor Iona Pan-
nett said the Government was pushing
the flyover through to buy votes.
They've thrown lots of money at it
and are thinking that this will -- in the
short and medium term -- buy them
popularity,'' she said.
Problem is this doesn't make much
sense economically or environ-
Public consultation on the Basin Res-
erve flyover will be open from July 2.
Mt Victoria residents wary
By JONO GALUSZKA
Some Paterson St, Mt Victoria, residents
have bemoaned the national transport
agency's lack of communication.
Paterson St resident Lucy Bailey said
tenants in the area were given only one
week's notice before work began on
upgrading Mt Victoria Tunnel.
She said this worried the community,
after suggestions New Zealand Transport
Agency planned to demolish houses to
make way for a second tunnel.
NZTA owns several properties in Pat-
erson St, including the one Ms Bailey
I'm pretty sure the only letter we'll get
is an eviction letter,'' she said. They
obviously want to do it. I just want to
She said tenants had not heard from
NZTA about their leases since last ye,ar
when they were contacted regarding a
NZTA highways manager Rod James
said that, in accordance with the Tenancy
Act, residents would be given at least 90
days' notice if houses they rented needed
to be demolished.
Residents would be able to see how
they might be affected when detailed
plans of road projects in the area were
released on July 2.
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