New Zealand interest in restorative justice has been driven primarily by practitioners, not by policy makers or academics. Three or four years before the term ‘restorative justice’ had become known in NZ, the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 (NZ) introduced the family group conference. The 1989 Act applied to Youth Court proceedings dealing with offenders aged 14 to 17.
"Restorative justice— a New Zealand perspective,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol6/iss1/3