Source: (2004) Paper presented at the New Zealand Youth Justice Conference, "Never Too Early, Never Too Late", Wellington. Downloaded 30 March 2005.

The starting point is to emphasise that the fundamental structure and principles of the New Zealand youth justice system are sound (and have been for 15 years). The outcomes since the passage of the legislation suggest that the system is working. An increase in diversion and decrease in cases coming to the Youth Court, together with decreases in incarceration and institutionalisation, are achievements of which all those working in the New Zealand youth justice sector may justly be proud. (excerpt)