A clerk at a Social Security office hands out 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. The report was written by the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents, chaired by Dr Oswald Mazengarb. This and later government inquiries into youth delinquency failed to curb the rise of gangs in New Zealand.
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