'Justice and Race is not an easy read. Being reminded of the appalling treatment of children and young persons in many state institutions in the period reviewed is truly harrowing. Oliver's narration of case studies is precise but not merely clinical. His passion and fire for justice come through with the utmost clarity. 'Those of us who lived through those years of protest, and rallied in support of Nga Tamatoa, the Polynesian Panther Party and the Auckland District Maori Council, should be grateful indeed that Oliver has put himself on the line yet again. Members of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care will need to read this book with close attention, but so indeed should all people who believe in the importance of speaking truth to power - regardless of which political party holds the reins of power at any particular time.' - from the Foreword by David Williams
Oliver Sutherland is a retired scientist who studied at the University of Canterbury, then at Cambridge University and the University of California (Berkeley). He joined the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research in Nelson in 1969, remaining with the department and then Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research until 2003. On returning from study overseas he joined the Nelson Maori Committee, established the Nelson Race Relations Action Group and, in 1973, the Auckland Committee on Racism and Discrimination. In the mid-1980s Oliver led a challenge to the mono-culturalism of the science sector and helped conceive and frame the Native Flora and Fauna Claim to the Waitangi Tribunal (Wai 262).