Min­is­ter keen on our youth crime in­sights

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

National MP Ch­ester Bor­rows will speak in Toko­roa next month as part of a pre­sen­ta­tion on pre­vent­ing youth from en­ter­ing the jus­tice sys­tem.

Mr Bor­rows, whose min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios in­clude Min­is­ter for Courts, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter for So­cial De­vel­op­ment, will de­liver a speech on ‘‘Aotearoa’s Best Prac­tise in Pre­vent­ing Young Peo­ple From En­ter­ing into the Jus­tice Sys­tem’’ at Te Wananga o Aotearoa on July 8.

He will also as­sist with the launch of the South Waikato Youth Strat­egy un­der the So­cial Sec­tor Tri­als.

South Waikato Youth Ser­vices man­ager Jade Ho­haia said Mr Bor­rows’ speech would in­clude some of the strate­gies from the new National Youth Crime Ac­tion Plan.

‘‘About a month ago I was asked by Min­is­ter [ Pita] Sharples and Min­is­ter Bor­rows to join other Maori so­cial in­no­va­tors in Wel- ling­ton to ad­vise on the draft National Youth Crime Ac­tion Plan. I shared some of our com­mu­nity-birthed in­sights in this area and Min­is­ter Bor­rows said he wanted to come to Toko­roa to hear more.

‘‘ This will no doubt in­clude some of the strate­gies from the new National Youth Crime Ac­tion Plan, which is a highly com­pre­hen­sive piece of work,’’ Ms Ho­haia said.

The launch of the South Waikato youth strat­egy was also sig­nif­i­cant.

‘‘ Af­ter 24 com­mu­nity meet­ings with var­i­ous groups and in­di­vid­u­als and 169 hours of de­sign and fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion, the fi­nal copy of the youth strat­egy was then able to be pieced to­gether. The plan con­sists of 33 grass roots in­ter­ven­tions to bet­ter sup­port youth in our dis­trict,’’ Ms Ho­haia said.

SPEAKER: National MP Ch­ester Bor­rows, whose min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios in­clude Min­is­ter for Courts, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter for So­cial De­vel­op­ment, will speak in Toko­roa next month.

WEL­COME: A group were of­fi­cially wel­comed as New Zealand cit­i­zens. They in­cluded Menante Edith Appel, Shalon Lesa, Carl Pe­lena Mahe, ’Epok­ifo’ou Pola’apau, Lu­cian Viorel Tuduc, Julie Anne King, Fred­er­ick Lawton and Betty Marion Lawton. Matthew Paul Dav­i­son was not present.

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