20 Feb 2012

Anti-violence course uses up funding

6:47 pm on 20 February 2012

A joint Maori-police project aimed at stopping girls from becoming violent is on hold, because it has used up its funding.

The Nga Tai Tamahine o Kirikiriroa course in Hamilton identifies what it is that triggers girls' anger by using weekends away that include include activities such as caving and rope climbing.

Of 36 rangatahi who have attended, only one went back before the courts.

The scheme is co-managed by the Taiohi Toa Trust which is considering whether or not to reapply for more money from the Ministry of Social Development.

Project leader Constable Lexlei Taylor says whanau are pleased with the scheme's success.

One mother has commented that her daughter no longer blows off at home, but instead goes for a walk to let off steam - using a strategy she has been taught.

Taiohi Toa Trust says the anti-violence programme is not part of its 2012 plan or budget but that trustees are due to discuss future funding opportunities.