Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit - PHILLIPS, Mr Neville Ernest

Congratulations to one of our members........

PHILLIPS, Mr Neville Ernest

For services to youth

Mr Neville Phillips has made a significant contribution in the field of New Zealand youth justice and the rehabilitation of serious young offenders.

Mr Phillips is the founder and CEO of START Taranaki, a youth programme that offers support to serious young offenders. He founded START Taranaki in 2003 and it has developed into a comprehensive community-based intervention programme. It is one of the few programmes in New Zealand that is committed to working with high-end youth offenders and a succession of Youth Court Judges throughout New Zealand have referred serious young offenders to his programme. The START Taranaki programme has three phases, ranging from a three-week Isolation Phase in the bush with outdoors activities to a 12-week Transition Phase wherein START continues to mentor and support the young men when they return to their communities. Mr Phillips has provided the young men with important opportunities that teach them the value of skills such as conflict resolution and honest communication, personal responsibility, and maximising potential.


Posted on 6/06/2019 8:42:44 AM

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