Neil Campbell is of Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau A Apanui descent.
He has worked for Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections for the past 27 years and held many operational positions and has been the former Director Maori and General Manager Maori Strategy and Partnerships.
Neil currently holds the National position of General Manager Cultural Capability.
Neil is driven by culture in its many contexts and works closely with other jurisdictions on matters of cultural identity and effective ways of working with indigenous peoples within the Criminal Justice system.
Reintegration – Starting with the end in mind
“Hoki atu ki to maunga kia purea ai koe e nga hau a Tawhirimatea”
Return to your sacred mountains and be cleansed by the winds of Tawhirimatea
Reintegration is often described as the period that directly follows rehabilitation and slightly proceeding the “release” phase of people returning to the community.
If we start with the end in mind, then it could be argued that reintegration should commence from the time of conviction or remand of an individual.
Far from being two completely different phases, Rehabilitation and Reintegration should work in unison and involve and include all the key players that will be there to receive people as they transition from facility to community.
Its fair to say Rehabilitation should ideally be agency lead and community supported, but Reintegration must be community lead, agency supported.
What cultural considerations need to be made as we reintegrate or in some instances, integrate community members?
What does real inclusion and involvement of community look like within the reintegration context?