Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More action on juvenile crime

More action on juvenile crime

The OECD Report listing New Zealand as the developed country with the highest rate of juvenile criminals is ringing alarm bells for former Courts and Corrections Minister, Progressive MP Matt Robson.

“This means that we have a new generation of young people ready to graduate and fill our prison system.”

"The OECD report shows that there is some urgency for further and faster implemention of the ABOUT TIME Report which was endorsed by the Cabinet in 2001. ABOUT TIME provides a blueprint for proven early intervention strategies to dramatically cut the flood of young people into the prison system.

"ABOUT TIME shows that to prevent crime we must focus on supporting at risk families (with the Family Start program), preventing unwanted teenage pregnancies and implementing effective programs for teenagers headed for a life of crime. Furthermore, such strategies assist with youth suicide prevention and drug abuse.’

“One of the most effect ways we can reduce teenage crime is to boost both the Family Start program and Day Reporting Centres, two well researched and effective programs from the ABOUT TIME report. So far only two Day Reporting Centres for young teenage offenders haves been funded.

"The Progressives will be pushing for further implementation of the key steps from the About Time report in coming budget. We need to get our skates on to prevent teenage crime.”

The ABOUT TIME report is available on

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election