Wellington, July 23 NZPA - A new youth justice residence in Rotorua will be officially opened by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett tomorrow.
The residence will help provide places needed in response to the Fresh Start reforms which come into place in October.
The reforms were aimed at serious or persistent young offenders and created tougher sentences, including longer residential stays.
The Rotorua facility means youth offenders in Waikato and Bay of Plenty will be able to serve sentences closer to home -- called Te Maioha o Parekarangi it is on State Highway 30, 4km south of Rotorua.
The Child, Youth and Families website described it was a campus-based design with three 10-bed residential units, a secure unit, a self care unit, cultural and sports halls and general support buildings located around a central court yard.
Construction began in 2008.