27 Sep 2017

NZ's Pasifika youth only group with fewer court appearances

1:29 pm on 27 September 2017

Pasifika youth are the only group of New Zealand young people whose court appearances have decreased in the last year.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show a 10 percent decrease for the year ended June 2017 compared to 2016.

This compares to an overall increase of 5 percent among young people aged 10 to 16 years.

Court appearances by Pakeha youth have increased by 2 percent compared to a 7 percent increase for Maori.

The increase bucks the overall trend for youth court appearances which has decreased by 40 percent since June 2012.