Iwi Community Panels (ICP) are an alternative resolution process for low-level offenders focusing on education, prevention and accountability. The service is provided by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust in partnership with police, local iwi and the wider community.
Police can refer a participant to the ICP if they are aged 18 years or over and the participant accepts the Police summary of facts.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE DAY?
Participants appear in front of a panel of three volunteer community members, often on a Marae, where a hearing takes place with a purpose of discovering the underlying reasons for offending and determine outcomes to address these. Eligible participants avoid court and conviction upon successful completion of the process.
WHO ARE THE PANEL MEMBERS?
Panel members are made up of prominent community members with a desire to create change, and who have an ability to treat all participants with respect and dignity.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Police can refer a participant to the ICP if they are aged 18 years or over and the participant accepts the Police summary of facts. Police have full discretion as to whether they choose to refer to ICP as opposed to diversion or court.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN HEARINGS?
Victims are always consulted, invited to attend and encouraged to bring whanau.
The panel of three, an observer and a police officer (and at times, an observer) will be present to answer questions of law and to provide relevant information when appropriate.
WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?
Nga Kete is a social services hub with the ability to refer internally and externally.
Outcomes are tailored to each participant and should address their reasons for offending. Education and prevention focused (strengths based).
Outcomes can include reparation, apology letters, voluntary work, and educational courses i.e. defensive driving, driver licensing etc.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE HEARING?
The ICP co-ordinator will decide the timeframe the participant has to complete the tasks and will work with the participant to help them complete their outcomes.
We are required to return files as non-compliant if the participant does not complete their outcomes in the given time frame.