The sittings locate part of the Youth Court process on a marae with the intention of facilitating and reconnecting young people with their culture. In this way, the marae-based Youth Court involves the wider community – whānau, hapū and iwi, in an attempt to enhance the usual Youth Court process.
The marae-based youth court, Te Kōti Rangatahi, is an attempt to use the traditional values of tikanga Māori to turn around the lives of young Māori offenders.
Te Kōti Rangatahi is a judicially-led initiative which the Ministry of Justice supports.
While focused on young Māori, both Māori and non-Māori are eligible for the Rangatahi court process.
Young people who admit to the charge(s) they are facing in the regular Youth Court can choose to have their next hearing held on the marae. Their family group conference takes place there, as does further monitoring.
An enhancement to the youth court process is the inclusion of a kaumātua panel who provide valuable support with the intention of facilitating and reconnecting rangatahi with their culture
Huria Marae hosts Te Kōti Rangatahi Māori once a month on a Monday, and alternates bi-annually with Maungatapu Marae. We have hosted in 2016, 2018 and will again in 2020.
For more information
Phone: (07) 5787838, during normal business hours