February 20, 2020
Jobs path away from thug life
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says he's doing more in his portfolio to address gang problems that National will do in its get tough on crime plans.
National Party leader is promising Australian-style raptor police squads to harass gangs.
Mr Jackson says during its time in Government National did little to address gang issues, and it sidelined members like Chester Borrows who wanted to try creative solutions.
He says a lot of what is happening in the gang environment is intolerable, but the answer lies in training and jobs.
"Funny how jobs and getting young people activated and motivated changes their lives. I've been working on that stuff for the last couple of years with Shane Jones and our team and getting young people who might be gang prospects into training, into work," he says.
Minister Jackson says over the past couple of years around 3000 Māori have got into training or work through schemes he has been involved in.
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