Eight young offenders from the Nelson region have spent a week working and living on D'Urville Island as part of their community work sentences.
Probation's Nelson Service Centre piloted the programme to help the offenders complete their community sentences. Run in partnership with the Parikarangaranga Trust, the project prioritised unemployed Maori offenders and focused on getting them to complete their hours while motivating them towards long-term employment.
Probation officer Tania Poharama and trust member Pene Gieger supervised the offenders. Work included digging trenches, cutting scrub and other work on the trust's property. Each offender completed 40 hours work.
- The Nelson Mail
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