Restorative Practices Aotearoa (RPA) is a professional association representing the steadily growing number of New Zealand providers of restorative justice and restorative practices services.

RPA promotes communication and liason between restorative justice organisations, government, justice stakeholders and individuals in New Zealand, in all aspects of restorative justice and practices services. RPA is focused on building an organisation that supports members and builds best practice.

Membership is open to all those with an interest in restorative justice and practices.

RPA was incorporated as Restorative Justice Aotearoa in 2005 and was changed to Restorative Practices Aotearoa in April 2015 following a special general meeting. RPA is registered with the Charities Commission (#CC11179).


RPA aims to be an advocate for its member groups and practitioners. We proactively present the interests of our members to key government policy makers and respond to media inquiries.

RPA aims to support the development of existing and new members. We provide and identify appropriate training resources, and coordinate regular restorative justice conferences and hui to encourage our members to develop their restorative practice knowledge and skills.

RPA circulates a bi-monthly e-newsletter to all of our members, providing regular updates and information on restorative justice and restorative practices news. Members can also stay frequently up to date with RPA news by following our social media pages.

Public Education

RPA promotes the use of restorative justice and restorative practices in the community. This is achieved by actively promoting restorative justice and restorative practices and developing awareness of these.

Services For Members

  • Regular updates and provides information from the RPA to members via the bi-monthly e-newsletter
  • Represents members interests to key decision makers as required
  • Proactively represents issues of restorative justice to government policy makers and in the media on behalf of member agencies
  • Co-ordinates the development of resources for member groups
  • Organises and facilitates the AGM and regular conferences
  • Co-ordinates an annual Hui Māori and periodic Managers Forums
  • Liaises with and responds to the media
  • Informs and educates the public about restorative justice and practices and promotes their use