The Turning of the Tide prevention strategy

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How do we reduce repeat offending, victimisation and fatal crashes among Māori? Some of the answers lie in The Turning of the Tide - a Whanau Ora Crime and Crash Prevention Strategy. This is a visionary strategy grounded in science and developed by iwi and Police to address the over-representation of Māori in the criminal justice system. It is based on prevention rather than enforcement.

Read The Turning of the Tide - a Whanau Ora Crime and Crash Prevention Strategy (PDF, 2.4 MB) - published Dec 2012.

Why action is needed

For years now, despite making up only 15 percent of the general population, Māori have comprised:

  • more than 40 percent of all police apprehensions
  • more than 50 percent of the prison population
  • approximately 100 Māori die every year on our roads.

Aims of The Turning of the Tide

The Turning of the Tide strategy commits Police and Māori to working together to achieve common goals by 2018. These goals are a:

  • 10 percent decrease in the proportion of first-time youth and adult offenders who are Māori
  • 20 percent decrease in the proportion of repeat youth and adult victims and offenders who are Māori
  • 25 percent decrease in Police apprehensions (non-traffic) of Māori that are resolved by prosecution
  • 20 percent reduction in Māori crash fatalities (without increasing the proportion of Māori injured in serious crashes).

What success looks like

Between now and 2025 a 20 percent reduction in repeat offending among Māori could translate into:

  • savings of up to $800 million for the criminal justice system
  • earnings of up to $300 million for Māori households and tax revenue of up to $40 million for Government
  • every fatal crash that is prevented equates to a $3.6 million saving in social costs.


For The Turning of the Tide to work we need to start talking about crime and how to prevent it. These conversations can happen anywhere and everywhere - around dinner tables, in schools, at work and on marae.

These are some of the things we need to discuss:

  • Who in our whanau is a good driver?
  • What is it they do that makes them a good driver?
  • Who in our whanau has a loving and kind relationship with their spouse and children?
  • What can I/we do to have the same kind of relationship?
  • If we had one big, bold idea to change things for the better, what would that be?
  • Who in our whanau could be the leader of these changes?
  • Which organisations and individuals can we ask to help us?
  • How will we know if we've succeeded?