What stands out from the above is that of those considered at 'extreme risk' of poor outcomes 62% are Maori while only 7% are Pasifika. This highlights yet again the ill-advised practice of referring to 'troubled youth' as Polynesians. The Pacific culture has protective factors at work that aren't always present for Maori.
The next stand-out feature (unsurprising) is the very high mental health service use by those at extreme risk.
But also look at the correlation between being on a benefit for 5 or more years (cumulatively between ages 25-34) and being at extreme or high risk of poor outcomes.
Of the total 15-24 population, 25,713 will be on a benefit 5 or more years but not at risk of poor outcomes. However, 26,698 - a small majority - are at high or extreme risk of poor outcomes.
And their childhoods?
Why anyone wants to resist reforming welfare is beyond me.
Lindsay Mitchell has been researching and commenting on welfare since 2001. Many of her articles have been published in mainstream media and she has appeared on radio,tv and before select committees discussing issues relating to welfare. Lindsay is also an artist who works under commission and exhibits at Wellington, New Zealand, galleries.