Snippets About Our Mahi From The Kumara Vine - Testimonials


Kāore te kūmara e kōrero mō tōna ake reka.  The kumara doesn't speak of its own sweetness

Māori Proverb

We've put together some of the comments and feedback that we have received about our mahi in the hope that you will be reassured by what other people say about the work we do and what we have achieved by working together for better justice outcomes.

  • "Thank you for the cultural report. Without this she would not have been able to receive a sentence of home detention."
  • "The s 27 report was very helpful in assisting His Honour in understanding possible reasons why D was in possession of firearms, something which I believe is unusual for someone with no history with the Courts. There was a lot of crossover with the s 27 report that was completed for his brother B, which showed that the information he gave was consistent and likely accurate."
  • "I gave you a sentence indication of 18 months and you accepted that sentence indication. Mr B wisely chose to get a comprehensive report, as they seem to be called these days, addressing your background. There is a whole lot of information contained in there which has persuaded me that I should give you some additional credit other than for your plea."
  • "The Judge indicated he found the content very useful and as a result, instead of the initial 25% discount he had allowed for pleas, increased the discount by another 25% (despite the defendant's conviction history), resulting in the indicated starting point sentence of 18 months being reduced to 9 months imprisonment."
  • "Despite the Crown submitting that a 10 to 15 percent discount was appropriate for factors in the cultural report, the Judge agreed with our submission and gave him a discount of 20 percent for these factors. He described the report as thorough and extensive and quoted paragraphs of the report in the sentencing decision."
  • "The Judge was very moved by the report, as was B, who almost looked on the verge of tears at times. It was a very helpful albeit sad report. Thank you very much for taking the time to complete it. Really appreciate it."
  • "I direct that a copy of the s 27 report be given to the prison authorities and ultimately that would also be useful for the Parole Board in considering your parole hearing and conditions. I would urge the prison authorities to pay careful attention to the material there in the suggestions as to how you may be supported and what programmes would be of benefit to you."
  • "The sentencing went well. Your report made poignant reading and a material difference to the outcome. It will also be very valuable at the parole hearing. The final sentence of 6 years was at the lowest end of the available range. Thanks very much for making yourself available at short notice and presenting such a comprehensive and compelling report."
  • "The report was very thorough and phrased things appropriately. I regularly get reports that aren't on the mark and are not satisfactory."
  • "Critically, the pre-sentence report writer and Crown were seeking Mr W to complete intensive supervision with compulsory residential rehabilitation. Mr W explained to the Court that he poured his heart out when doing the cultural report. The Judge observed the contents of the report and accepted that compulsory residential rehabilitation would hinder Mr W's prospects rather than help, noting the content of the report and oral submissions made. The Court acknowledged the quality and content of the report."