10 Dec 2010

Save the Children to target Maori and Pacific youngsters

6:05 am on 10 December 2010

Save the Children wants to put more of its resources into the home front.

Chief executive Liz Gibbs says the organisation conducted a study on the problems confronting New Zealand children and found its gangs, family violence and bullying, with poverty the underlying cause.

She says the board is considering specific programmes to target Maori and Pacific tamariki.

Ms Gibbs told Waatea News the research by Save the Children indicates child abuse costs $2 billion dollars per year for social services, policing, imprisonment and law enforcement.