to keep youth away from a life of crime
The Government is rolling out new programmes in areas that have seen spikes in youth offending to help steer rangatahi into training and employment, Associate Social Development and Employment Minister Willie Jackson says.
Whakawātea Te Ara Poutama involves 15 work-readiness and employment training programmes in areas with the biggest increases in youth crime and ram raids: south and west Auckland, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato, and it seems it couldn’t have come soon enough.
According to statistics, in 2022 there were 516 ram raids in New Zealand; of the 702 offenders, 495 were under 17 and 70 were under 13.
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