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

 


Working with Māori key to reducing youth crime

Hon Chester Borrows
Associate Minister of Social Development

26 November 2012

Working with Māori key to reducing youth crime

Expanding relationships with Māori and iwi youth service providers is an important tool in addressing Māori over-representation in youth crime, says Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows.

“Young Māori are significantly over-represented in youth offending statistics, with an apprehension rate of more than three times that of Pacific or New Zealand European young people,” says Mr Borrows.

“While it is encouraging that apprehensions of young Māori have fallen almost 15 per cent over the last five years, they remain badly overrepresented in our crime statistics, showing there is more work to be done here.”

Mr Borrows today visited Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services in Kaikohe, accompanied by Northland MP Mike Sabin, to discuss effective responses to offending by Māori youth with staff and young people there.

“We’ve looked at ‘what works’ and evidence suggests that providing programmes with Māori specific content, in a Māori specific environment (such as a Marae), using Māori specific teaching and learning techniques gets better outcomes for children and young people of Māori descent.”

Ngapuhi who recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Child, Youth and Family, is one of many contracted community based Iwi/Māori social services, providing youth justice services by Māori, for Māori. This includes Community Youth Development programmes, Supported Bail, Supervision with Activity orders and parenting education under Fresh Start

“Providing these programmes in a culturally appropriate way helps to bring these at-risk young people close to their roots, their history and culture, instilling pride and belief in their future.

“That’s why I’ve been so interested to talk to Ngapuhi today, to get their insights on what works and what does not work for young Māori,” says Mr Borrows.

“I want to congratulate Ngapuhi on being willing to stand up and take responsibility for their rangatahi. It is only when we commit to working together that Fresh Start will deliver the best results for young Māori.”

The Fresh Start reforms were introduced in October 2010. They include a range of policy changes to provide more effective interventions for young offenders, as well as an investment of $84 million over three years in further programmes such as parenting education. More information on Fresh Start can be found at www.beehive.govt.nz or www.cyf.govt.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news