This summary highlights key data trends in the youth prosecution statistics published by Statistics NZ. These statistics include information on children (aged 10 - 13) and young people (aged 14 - 16) with charges in court between 1992 and 2017. Usually only the most serious young offenders appear in court. Minor offending is often dealt with by warnings, Family Group Conferences and other alternatives to prosecution in court.
- The number of youth in court in 2017 has remained low and has dropped by 5% from 2016.
- More Māori youth continue to be in court than other ethnicities comprising around 64% of all youth charged in 2017.
- Most youth in court are male (80%) and most are 15 or 16 years old.
- Property offences are still common but robbery has increased.
- Most youth (78%) had their charges proved.
- Nearly a third of youth (32%) received orders for their offending.