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

 


Crimes by Young People a Wake-Up Call for Government

Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor
Spokesperson for Social Policy/Welfare

June 25, 2014

Crimes by Young People a Wake-Up Call for Government

Young people growing up in poverty see bad behaviour as normal, particularly in South Auckland, says New Zealand First.

“South Auckland is overrepresented in statistics showing poverty, poor education, bad health and high rates of crime, violence and abuse,” says Spokesperson for Social Policy Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor.

“The Government should not be shocked by events that have unfolded in Māngere recently.

“They have done nothing to address those in hardship, which is why we continue to see violent crimes.

“In 2011, domestic violence cost more than half a billion dollars in South Auckland.

“Last year in New Zealand more than 70,000 adults were sentenced in court. Undoubtedly, many of these cases involved crimes that had an impact on children.

“New Zealand First believes that children and young people are given the best start in life when homes and families are stable.

“Given the Government’s poor record on addressing family hardship the very least it could do is support the New Zealand First member’s bill that aims to protect children in harmful environments.

“The Sentencing (Protection of Children from Criminal Offending) Amendment Bill will strengthen judges’ powers when sentencing offenders and hold criminals accountable for the harm they cause children.

“The Bill acknowledges the social reasons behind crime that affects children and young people. It seeks to eliminate the negative influences on young people to keep them from heading down the wrong track.

“The Government can prevent further incidents by supporting our Bill which will address violent behaviour developing amongst our young people,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news