R v Mason
High Court  NZHC 1849
27 July 2012
In R v Mason  NZHC 1361 Heath J gave reasons for refusing to allow Mr Mason to be dealt with in accordance with tikanga Māori in his trial and sentencing. After pleading guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder Mr Mason was convicted. Mr Mason was sentenced on 27 July 2012.
Max Harris returns to Heath J’s earlier judgment, explores how tikanga Māori matters were addressed in Heath J’s sentencing notes, and makes some remarks about how cultural considerations (including tikanga Māori considerations) might be incorporated into sentencing in future, particularly in light of the Sentencing Act 2002 and a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.