Topic: Youth

Te Toa Matataki provides safe haven for young offenders

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty
Social Worker, Chantelle Walker believes that Te Toa Matataki can deliver this and provide a safe haven for youth

Te Toa Matataki Trust has built a home for young offenders but they are still waiting for Child Youth and Family Services to formally approve their service.

Two years ago Te Toa Matataki Trust's Chantelle Walker put an initial request to CYF but their Waikite Valley property remains unoccupied. 

Walker says, “I have been given verbal approval by representatives of CYF in the midland region, however we need it in writing.” 

Te Toa Matataki can house up to five young people aged between 12 and 17 years. The Trust has a 2.4 hectare property based in the Waikite Valley near Rotorua which has been refurbished and is ready for occupants.

Last week Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley announced there will be more support for those who care for youngsters in care and that they will take radical steps to provide a system that works for the long-term needs of the sector. Walker believes Te Toa Matataki can deliver this and provide a safe haven for young offenders.

Child Youth and Family responded to Te Kāea with the following response.

"Te Toa Matataki has been conditionally approved by MSD to provide respite care and shared care. That  approval  is subject to a contract and final sign off on the premises Te Toa Matataki will be using."