Mother-of-four Kaye Tai became a paraplegic after a terrifying motor accident. Her bitterness and anger evaporated after meeting the young driver who was at fault.
Facilitators from Manawatu Restorative Justice Trust held conference with driver and her whanau.
His friend required four operations because of his horrific injuries. They met again during restorative justice and the Judge was pleased the face-to-face meeting took place.
If restorative justice was taken seriously by the criminal justice system and applied more broadly, it could potentially reduce NZ's reliance on incarceration, writes Sarah Roth Shank.