Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki v DK [2020] NZYC 241

Published 01 October 2020

Bail application — support services — mentoring — kanohi-ki-te-kanohi — COVID-19 — Alert Level 2— global pandemic. The appearance was by way of teleconference to determine the young person's bail application. The Judge had raised concerns about the support to be provided to the young person due to the limitations still in place as a result of the country being in COVID-19 Alert Level 2. The young person was receiving mental health and addiction assistance via kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face) meetings; however, kanohi-ki-te-kanohi mentoring was not available until the "latter stages of COVID-19 Alert Level Two", which was problematic given the uncertainty around the Alert Levels. The Judge urged the mentoring service and mentor to put practical supports in place for the young person. The Judge also noted practical issues around clothing and bedding were to be resolved after the hearing. The Judge acknowledged the efforts that everyone involved had put into supporting the young person, and granted the young person bail. Judgment Date: 14 May 2020. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *