March 17, 2021
Iwi backing critical for offender rehabilitation
Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says a strong bond with Waikato Tainui is behind the success of a residential progamme for violent offenders.
Over the past decade more than 140 men serving sentences for violent offending have been supported by Tai Aroha, which is a16-week programme with Waikato-Tainui kawa and mātauranga Māori built into its daily operations.
Speaking at the anniversary event at Hukanui Amuri Marae in Huntly today, Mr Davis acknowledged the support of the local community and iwi in the delivery of the programme since it began in 2010.
Up to 10 residents participate in the programme at any one time, working with psychologists, facilitators, support staff and each other to address the causes of their offending and build pathways to a crime-free life.
They receive intensive wraparound support and are supported by specialised reintegration staff and a probation officer, with the aim to successfully return to the community.
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