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Introduction

Restorative justice in New Zealand has a long history through its connection to the ways in which Māori traditionally resolved conflict, but it is its modern reformulations which are of interest in this volume. New Zealand has gone further than most modern countries in its implementation of restorative justice for dealing with offences. Family group conferences for young people involved in offending, widely viewed as an example of restorative justice, were introduced by legislation in 1989 and since then various pilot schemes have been introduced for adults who have offended. More recently, various areas of New Zealand have tried to bring these practices to the field of family violence.