Youth justice residences

Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi can get their lives back on track and improve their prospects for the future.

There are many reasons that determine why a rangatahi might go to a youth justice residence, and how long they might stay. They may have been:

  • arrested and put in our care until they go to Youth Court
  • remanded by the Youth Court and need to stay at a residence until the case is settled (this can take up to 3 weeks or longer if the charges are denied)
  • sentenced by the Youth Court for 3 to 6 months – if things go well for them in the residence, they may be able to leave earlier and undertake 6 to 12 months supervision in the community 
  • sentenced to prison – they could be admitted to a residence for some of this time.

What to expect

The rangatahi has their own room and shares living spaces with others.

We provide their meals, clothing and education, as well as access to a gym and open areas for sports and outdoor activities.

The rangatahi gets to:

  • have any social, health and school needs met
  • learn life skills like managing their money
  • learn practical skills like woodwork, art, music, and computer skills
  • learn how to apply for a job
  • manage problems like anger or drugs and alcohol.

We also work with the rangatahi, their whānau and social worker to make a plan for when they leave the residence. This could include further schooling, a training course or looking for work.

Where are our youth justice residences?

While not always possible, we try to make sure the rangatahi is kept close to their whānau.

Youth Justice locations

There are 5 youth justice residences in New Zealand:

  • Korowai Manaaki in South Tāmaki Makaurau can have up to 46 rangatahi.
  • Whakatakapokai in South Tāmaki Makaurau can have up to 15 rangatahi.
  • Te Maioha o Parekarangi in Rotorua can have up to 30 rangatahi.
  • Te Au rere a te Tonga in Te Papaioea can have up to 40 rangatahi.
  • Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo in Ōtautahi can have up to 40 rangatahi.

Published: March 13, 2017 · Updated: October 2, 2023