Thursday May 25, 2017   Last updated 09:27AM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am
Maori culture a circuit breaker for youth homes

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

The Children’s Commissioner says reorganising youth justice facilities to bring a more Maori focus could be a circuit breaker.

Judge Andrew Becroft’s latest report on state residential facilities is highly critical of the way they are run and questions whether they are fit for purpose today.

He says the five care and protection homes hark back to an older era and should be replaced with more low key, family-based homes with good house parents and experts on call.

The four youth justice facilities are bare and spartan with 70 percent of residents being Maori.

That compares with only 20 percent of rangatahi being Maori, making it the worst example of ethnic disproportionality in the criminal justice system.

"The youth justice residences are really run on a European model wth some cultural add ons and the challenge is we could completely refocus the way we do it, we being a te ao Maori world view, we work with iwi, iwi leaders are involved, and the delivery is through a different cultural lens. I think we've got to that now. I think that might be the circuit breaker," Judge Becroft says.

Most of the young people who end up in residential care come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect, financial stress, chronic family violence, and dislocation from education, community and culture, so it is a small group with complex needs.

Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

Rheumatic Fever
E-Tangata-22052017
Waatea TV
 
Parakuihi Breakfast with Dale Husband
Ricky Houghton on Paakiwaha
Ricky Houghton on Paakiwaha
Professor Jane Kelsey on Paakiwaha
Professor Jane Kelsey on Paakiwaha
1 Shane Jones | Te hekenga mai i tana tuuranga mahi
Ka whakamarama mai a Shane i oona nekenekehanga mahi inaianei me aana takahitanga hou
2 Te Kani Kingi | Alfred Ngaro me oona whakawhiu
Anei te whakahoki korero a Te Kani Kingi e paa ana ki ngaa koorero whakaweti a Alfred Ngaro mema paremata o te roopuu Nahinara
3 Wiremu Doherty | Te whakapotaetanga a ngaa tauira o Awanuiarangi
E aii ki ngaa koorero, 1,300 tauira ka whakawhiwhi i wa raatou tohu maatauranga i raro i te maru o Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, kei a Wiremu te roanga ake o ngaa whakamaarama
4 Kelvin Davis | Nga take torangapu o te wa
Ka korero a Kelvin mo ngaa tino take kei te pae korero i teenei wa i te paati reipa
5 Tio Sewell | Mate whakamomori
He mate nui teenei, ka whakapuakina mai e Tio i onaa ake whakaaro mo teenei take
6 Ken Eruera | Haakinakina
Nga take haakinakina katoa i roto i ngaa rangi tata nei kua hipa
Mike King is a NZ Hero
WILLIE JACKSON: What happened this week with Mike King quitting the suicide-prevention panel goes beyond politics and demands our focus as a country and as a community.
What does Labour fear from a Maori Prison?
MARTYN 'BOMBER' BRADBURY: The negative reaction by Andrew Little and the Labour leadership at the suggestion of Maori prisons by Kelvin Davis gives an insight into how difficult reforming the public service for Maori will still be even under a Labour Government.
Labour Party List
WILLIE JACKSON: Some of the ridiculous things claimed by the mainstream media last week over the Labour's Party list was really disappointing
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.