With half the prison population Māori, a good number of our people are familiar with the courts' system.

But how well do judges know Māori and culture?

In an effort to make the judicial bench more responsive and understanding of Māori culture, the topic was a key discussion at a judge's conference in Rotorua.

Judges gather together to ensure they're singing the same tune in their courtrooms.

Every three years Youth Court judges, Environment, District and Māori Land Court judges gather together for the development of their work. 

This year the meeting is held in Rotorua with the theme of injecting Māori knowledge into their work.

Some Māori exponents were part of the event to help with including the Māori culture in our courts.