The New Zealand justice system is biased against Maori, according to Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.
Mr Sharples released a statement over the weekend saying the system, including,police, courts and corrections, "systematically discriminates against Maori".
Maori offenders were arrested at three times the rate of non-Maori for the same crimes, he said.
They were also more likely to have police contact, to be charged, to lack legal representation, not to be granted bail, to plead guilty and to be convicted.
Mr Sharples has announced a plan to review the New Zealand justice system, according to the New Zealand Herald.
A transformed justice system should include Maori practices, principles and programmes "by Maori, for Maori, with Maori", he said.
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