Oranga Tamariki v MQ [2019] NZYC 527

Published 14 February 2020

Application to authorise extension of time in secure care — 14 days — riot at youth justice residence — Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. This hearing involved five applications to to authorise an extension of time in secure care, for up to 14 days. The five young people had been involved in a riot at their youth justice facility. They assaulted a staff member, took the staff member's keys, started driving a van and tried to incite the young people in other units to overpower the staff. Four out of the five young people had consented to the application. One young person refused to grant consent as he had spent 17 days in secure care up to the day of the riot. The Judge was satisfied that all five applications should be granted. In terms of the young person who did not want to remain in secure care, the Judge was satisfied that the staff at the youth justice facility had already started planning the young person's reintegration to the normal unit and would do so as soon as it was possible. Judgment Date: 31 October 2019. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *