Inside a youth justice residence

@JohnJCampbell : Do watch this if you have a spare 26 minutes this weekend. These are our kids, too. And making them safe is a challenge in the best interests of us all.

Young people tell their stories – Inside a youth justice residence

They come from violent homes, addiction homes, homes without safety and sometimes homes without food. Every single one of them has been exposed to gangs.

That was their normal. They followed in the only footsteps they knew. Stole cars, committed aggravated burglaries, and worse.

Now these 14 to 17-year-olds call youth justice residence Te Au rere a te Tonga home.

(A and production, shot and edited by )


  1. Gezza

     /  June 23, 2018

    Thanks PG. A good watch.

    Biggest problem these kids face is coming out of there & going back into the same circumstances that made them what they are. The youngest car thief told us he’ll be doing it again. Campbell pretended not to notice. Hope he changes his mind. The problem I have with Campbell is that instead of just listening he keeps prompting the kids with what to say.

    So much respect for the staff, counsellors/teachers there. Just great, caring, understanding people.

  2. David

     /  June 23, 2018

    Children in cages?