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Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy called for calm after it was revealed that a child saddle village had been set up in the city, north of Wellington.
The plan to house 11 pedophiles in the field – but out of the question – in the Rimutaka prison attracted the attention of the local community that became aware of the situation earlier this week.
Guppy, who was first informed of the facility's mid-week facility, understood the community's concern, but urged residents to be patient and listen to what the Department of Corrections to say.
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"Every problem like this is going to be emotional, but it's about getting all the facts and actually seeing what's going to happen, that's the key to the whole thing."
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Corelations & # 39; national commissioner Rachel Leota believed that her team had strong existing relationships with the invested parties, including schools, local members of parliament, community groups and residents, all of whom were welcome to discuss their concerns.
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She reaffirmed that Corrections had contacted 21 schools and provided information to more than 40 children's centers in Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley to provide assurance that perpetrators were effectively managed.
"[We have] offered to meet everyone with worries [and] we met several centers for early learning at their request during the week. We also advised the local community leaders and the police, "Leota said. We are also very curious about people in the community with ideas about the care of perpetrators in the future. "
Guppy agreed and was open to the concerns of his constituents. However, he had only heard from one person since the village became known.
"My understanding is that [Corrections] has already met a number of groups, which is the right thing to do. They leave nothing unaffected and ensure that the community understands from their point of view. & # 39;
Guppy had agreed to meet a worried mother next week to hear her setbacks and said that he would be proactive in his approach to discussing the situation more widely.
"I will discuss it with people that they are [sexual offenders] are not in prison, they will be in the community … so this is the best scenario. They will be monitored and not only in the community. "
While accusations of secrecy and calls for stricter restrictions on sex offenders for children – a violent – vertebrate on social media, Guppy was convinced that the situation could be resolved with an open dialogue between all involved.
It is not the first time that Corrections is confronted with opposing his accommodation choices with a discussion of the use of motels as emergency shelter for risk-lovers.
The announcement came after stuff revealed convicted child abuser Ronald Jeffries, 65, was placed in a motel in the lower North Island by the probation service after residents had expressed concern about his community-built accommodation.
Jeffries, who after a lifetime of sexual violence was subjected to a 10-year extended supervision assignment, was arrested last month for alleged violations of the order and was recalled to prison.