- and a response from Oranga Tamariki
At the time both boys were detained for serious offences.
The report by Oranga Tamariki outlined how mis-steps by staff allowed the pair to sneak out of a North Island residence undetected and spend days on the run.
The story begins at 7.50pm on an evening in 2020.
It is bedtime at the residence. All of the 29 boys residing there have finished their shower routines and are heading for their rooms.
The first escapee walks down a corridor - unescorted - to to his bedroom. He scans his surroundings before making a dash to a second bedroom.
The second escapee then makes his way down the corridor - unescorted - before also entering his bedroom. Staff do not notice the pair are together.
At 8.11 pm CCTV captures the pair running from their unit. They escape through the car park.
Sections of the report describing the actual escape are redacted, so it is not stated how the boys managed to break out of the room.