25 Jun 2021

Serving up opportunities for Youth Justice residents

From Nine To Noon, 9:37 am on 25 June 2021

An Oranga Tamariki youth justice residence is providing opportunities for residents to learn hospitality skills, by getting their help to run a cafe at the facility.

Te Au rere a te Tonga in Palmerston North is the home to up to 30 rangatahi aged between 14 and 19. Together they plan menus, learn to prepare meals, and serve customers at the Courtyard Cafe.

It's just one of the programmes available at the youth justice residence that aims to teach practical life skills and help prepare them for the workforce.

Kathryn speaks with Tom Zimmerman, the residence manager at Te Au rere a te Tonga.

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Photo: Oranga Tamariki