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Ministry of Education.


If your query relates to PB4L Restorative Practice opportunities in your region, please email your local Ministry office. You can find contact details here.

For all other queries, further information and guidance on PB4L initiatives, you can contact us at PB4L@education.govt.nz.

Support material

Restorative Practice Model

Restorative Practice Model (PDF, 52 KB)

Kete Book One

Restorative Practice Kete Book One (PDF, 2 MB)

Kete Book Two

Restorative Practice Kete Book Two (PDF, 4 MB)

Kete Book Three

Restorative Practice Kete Book Three (PDF, 3 MB)


Knowledge Seminar: Restorative Practices in Schools

In 2015 Professor Chris Marshall, former Chair of the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice, Victoria University of Wellington, presented a Ministry of Education Knowledge Seminar about restorative justice practices in schools. He spoke about the spread of restorative practices in schools and their potential to transform, not only the education sector, but also society at large.

Chapter 1: The importance of a positive and supportive school environment



Chapter 2: Traditional deterrence options and their impact on children


Chapter 3: Alternative approaches / restorative practices


Chapter 4: Restorative discipline - key ideas.


Restorative justice approaches place a different ‘lens’ or paradigm for considering the issue and interpretation of justice - based on a fundamentally relational understanding rather than an abstract or legalistic approach.

Schools have a critical role in forming future citizens, and when schools teach and model restorative ways of handling conflict and wrongdoing, they contribute significantly to the creation of a more peaceful, humane and democratic society.

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