Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Parents And Communities Solution To Youth Violence

Monday 24th October 2005

Parents And Communities Solution To Youth Violence

No one in our South Auckland communities can turn a blind eye on youth violence in our neighbourhoods anymore after the latest weekend attacks, says Manukau City Councillor Su'a William Sio.

Sio, who is a longtime Otara resident and represents the Otara Ward, acknowledges that there is already work being implemented at the grassroots level.

"I know many parents are working hard with their teenagers. I know the churches are doing their best. I know the police are working hard and introducing the Turn Your Life Around (TYLA) Programme aimed at youth offenders. They're prioritizing family violence in their efforts."

Otara, and the wider Manukau community, need to receive more community police and the resources that the police are calling for.

"But people have to remember that police, other agencies and groups, cannot do this work alone," says Sio who first moved to Otara in 1970.

"More parents need to take back responsibility for their families including youth. It's absolutely disturbing to see young people 13, 14, 15, 16-years-old talk about beating up someone and giving "retribution" as if it was normal," says Sio.

"If families and our communities aren't providing belonging structures, and positive reinforcement emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially" says Sio, "then our youth will search for meaning and validation on the streets and in gangs."

"That's the reality. And it will take them into vandalism, violence, petty stealing, car jacking, drugs and ultimately death - their own and that of others they hurt.

In addition, Sio says, more churches & community groups need to be more vigilant and hold up a higher standard for young people to follow. "It means that when youth turn up with gang regalia at church or community meetings, or treat others with such shocking disrespect, you have to be regularly consistent in setting the right standards and limits, right then and there, says Sio.

Sio, says everyone - from parents, siblings, churches, community groups, other child and family agencies to police - has a role to play in combating the rising epidemic of youth violence.

"Otherwise, you'll continue to see a growing epidemic of violence that will grow and grow until you have seen every worst nightmare come true for our children."

Sio was also quick to point out that the youth problem we saw on TV is confined to a small group of the youth population. The majority of youth attend school, are preparing to sit end of year exams, have part-time jobs after school, are active in church & sports activities, and give meaningful service to their families and local community. These young people also need to be promoted, nurtured and supported in their quest to become responsible future leaders of families and communities.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Whether Spotify Can Save Itself; Plus A Playlist


Spotify has to be one of the most interestingly futile mouse-wheels of 21st century capitalism. Run, run, run goes the Spotify mouse but it never, ever makes a profit. For reasons set out below, it maybe never will. But it won’t be for wont of trying. Reportedly, Spotify’s music library contains 70 million tracks and it adds 60,000 more each day. By some estimates it adds on average, one new track every 1.4 seconds. (No wonder it's so hard to keep up with new music.) Spotify has 345 million active users, and 155 million of them have been willing to pay a subscription in order to enjoy their music ad-free. Ads are not a major driver of company revenue...
More>>



Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?


Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...

More>>




 
 

Prime Minister: Chatham House Speech
What an honour it is to be back in London, and to be here at Chatham house. This visit represents much for me. The reopening of borders and resumption of travel after a difficult few years... More>>


Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Measures To Help Manage COVID-19 As Country Stays At Orange
The Government is taking action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early childhood services, COVID-19 Response Minster Dr Ayesha Verrall and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti announced today... More>>



Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>



Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>


Government: Wellington’s Rapid Transit Option Progresses To Next Stage
The Government is progressing a preferred option for LGWM which will see Wellington’s transport links strengthened with light rail from Wellington Station to Island Bay... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels