Local Speakers

Our local speakers include:

Judges Ema Aitken and Lisa Tremewan, who together established the pilot adult AODT Courts in Aotearoa in 2012 and preside over these Courts in Auckland and Waitākere respectively. In 2015, they received an ‘Equal Justice Award’ from the Law Faculty of the University of Auckland’s ‘Equal Justice Project’, and in 2017 they also received ‘Significant Contribution’ awards from the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association recognising their work in the AODT Courts. in the addiction field as a clinical and cultural facilitator, practitioner and adviser for many years. Currently Rā also works for Higher Ground/Papa Taumata in Te Atatu, Auckland

 

Matua Rāwiri Pene, (Ngā Puhi, Tainui) is the AODT Courts’ Pou Oranga (the Courts’ tikanga cultural adviser and recovery role model – an innovation of the AODT Courts in Aotearoa). Rā brings his extensive lived experience of recovery with his knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga to the role. He has worked in the addiction field as a clinical and cultural facilitator, practitioner and adviser for many years. Currently Rā also works for Higher Ground/Papa Taumata in Te Atatu, Auckland

 

Professor Warren Brookbanks, Auckland University of Technology, is editor of Therapeutic Jurisprudence: New Zealand Perspectives (2015), founding trustee of the Odyssey House Trust (NZ) and a former president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL)

 

Professor Tracey McIntosh (Ngāi Tūhoe) is a Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Head of Wānanga o Waipapa at the University of Auckland. She has particular expertise on punishment and incarceration, with particular reference to Māori and the interface with the criminal justice system. In 2018 she has been appointed to the Welfare Expert Advisory Group Kia Piki Ake and Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group

 

Dr Katey Thom,Senior Lecturer in Law School, at the Centre for Non-Adversarial Justice at Auckland University of Technology where she works on research at the intersection of the law, mental health and addictions. Katey has recently led a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funded project on the application of therapeutic approaches in New Zealand’s specialist problem-solving courts. She has carried out case studies of the pilot AODT Courts in Auckland and Waitākere

 

David Burnside, Peer Support Manager at Odyssey House, Auckland. David is a peer support worker in the AODT Court with a lived experience of addiction, offending and recovery. His role enables him to contribute to the recovery of Court participants and inform the Court’s recovery programme. In 2017 David received an award for ‘excellence in peer support’ at the Cutting Edge, New Zealand’s national addiction conference

 

Dr Fleur Te Aho (Ngāti Mutunga), Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, teaches and researches in criminal law and Indigenous peoples’ rights law. She is examining how the AODT Courts fit with Indigenous rights frameworks

 

 

Dr Katherine Doolin, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Auckland, teaches and researches in criminal law, criminal justice, and youth justice, and has a particular expertise in restorative justice. She is examining the restorative justice potential of the AODT Courts

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