Youth Justice Residences

A Youth Justice residence is a safe and secure place when young people have been placed into the care of Child, Youth and Family and can't live in the community for a while.

Why does someone go to a residence and how long do they stay?

Residences provide a safe place where young people can be supported to get their life on track and to become the best they can be.

These are the reasons a young person might go to a residence, and how long they might stay there:

  • A young person has been arrested by the police and put in the care of Child, Youth and Family until they go to Youth Court.
  • A young person has been remanded by the court and needs to stay at a residence until the court deals with the case. This can take two or three weeks, and could be longer if the charges are denied.
  • A young person has been sentenced by the Youth Court for a period between three to six months.  If things go well for them in the residence, they may be able to leave the residence earlier. Once they leave the residence, they will be subject to six to twelve months supervision in the community. 
  • If a young person is sentenced to prison they may be admitted to a residence for some of this time.

Where are the residences?

We want to make sure young people are kept as close to their family as possible. There are four youth justice residences in New Zealand:

  • Korowai Manaaki in South Auckland can have up to 40 young people
  • Te Maioha o Parekarangi in Rotorua can have up to 30 young people
  • Te Au rere a te Tonga in Palmerston North, which is a male only residence and can have up to 30 young people
  • Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo in Christchurch can have up to 30 young people.

What is a residence like?

The residence is a safe and secure place. Young people have their own rooms and share other areas including the living room and dining room.

There is also a school building, a gym and open areas that can be used for sports and outdoor activities.

Each residence has a secure area. This is where staff will watch over young people if they are worried a young person wants to hurt themselves or others.

What happens at the residence?

We want to make sure young people at the residences have a safe and stable place to live.

We take care of things young people need like meals and clothing. Young people also:

  • go to school everyday
  • get their own plan to sort out any social, health and school needs
  • get exercise
  • learn life skills like managing their money
  • learn other skills like woodwork, art, music and computer skills
  • learn how to apply for a job
  • get help with problems like anger or drugs and alcohol.

We work with the young person, their family and social worker to plan what will happen when the young person is ready to leave the residence. This could include:

  • going back to school
  • doing a training course
  • or getting a job.