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Mazengarb report

Mazengarb report

A clerk at a Social Security district office distributes copies of the Mazengarb report along with the family benefit in November 1954. The report, sent to every New Zealand home, was sparked by a teenage sex scandal in Lower Hutt in the early 1950s. The report was written by the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents, chaired by Dr Oswald Mazengarb. Many more such government reports and inquiries into youth delinquency failed to reduce the rise of gangs in New Zealand.

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Gangs and society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2020)

Story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 2 Oct 2018 with assistance from Jarrod Gilbert