Te Tuinga Whānau Trust opens Tauranga's first transition house
Recidivism is one of the main reasons why the country's prisons are chock-a-block with Māori, but a Māori social services agency wants to address that issue.
Te Tuinga Whānau Trust has opened its first home to help transition recently released inmates back into society.
The home to better living has been opened and is a first for Tauranga.
Te Tuinga Whānau Trust has wanted to do this for a very long time.
Rangi Ahipene says the former inmates will stay here for six months while learning to adapt to society and its basic needs and learning about their Maori culture.
"Ko te whai he mahi mā rātou kei roto i te hapori nei.
"He aha ngā mea whakapāpuni i te huarahi i mua i a rātou, me te whakahono anō ki te whānau, ngā tamariki, ngā mokopuna."
Organiser Piki Russell says four men stay here for six months, then others take their place.
"This is why I love this. We do second chances and we believe that everybody has a right to have a second chance."
However, she does know it's only those that won't help that are accepted.
"Where do you go from here?
"Do you carry on where you came from?
"Or do you try and start a new life?
"That's the hardest thing or face when you leave jail."
Those with convictions against minors are not accepted.