by Grace Odlum on the NZ Herald

Te Kāhu Tiu director Amelia Trotter. Photo / David Haxton

Te Kāhu Tiu director Amelia Trotter. (Photo by David Haxton)

Deep in the hills of rural Reikorangi, on the outskirts of Waikanae, a special building is being created to support a transformative approach aimed at diverting young men from jail.

The multi-faceted programme at Te Kāhu Tiu [see this websiteEds] will give troubled youth, who are going through the court system because of their offending, a real opportunity to change for the better.

Te Kāhu Tiu has been the dream of Amelia Trotter for more than three decades. Trotter studied psychology and criminology at Victoria University, and when she did her Master’s in criminal justice, she worked with a lot of young offenders.

She noticed these young offenders had all suffered some form of trauma in their lives, and a lot of them had no chance to turn their lives around. That’s when she decided she wanted to start up a youth justice centre.

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