TE ORANGA HOME.
Otago Witness , Putanga 2802, 27 Whiringa-ā-rangi 1907, Page 15
TE ORANGA HOME.
j THE MANAGEMENT JUSTIFIED. r CHRISTCHURCH, November 19. Te Oranga Home, where the quastcrimiual girls of the State are sent, and in connection with which charges have been made recently that undue punishment was meted out to two girls for attempting to escape, was the subject of an informal inspection by a Press reporter yesterday. &lr« Branting, tha matron, stated that oary in very exceptional cases did she reeort to corporal punishment, and only then when a sufficient time had elapsed after the comime&ion of an offence to give ample opportunity for explanation or repentance. Cell* are provided in which reoaloitranta are confined for varying periods of hours, and sometimes all night. In the latter caie mxtress and bedclothes are furnished, and one of the attendants is within bail, 40 that the punishment amounts practically only to deprivation of companionship. In the recent exceptional case the cutting off of a girl's hair was only resorted to with the concurrence of the Minister, and the girl subsequently admitted that that waa the only expedient that would prevent her attempting to escape again. The best evidence that the girls in service appreciated the home treatment, Mrs Branting said,, was the fact that they invariably assisted in tracing fugitives. Girl* in service frequently came back to the home to spend their holidays, and many fell back upon its hospitality in the event of sickness or unemployment. " During the whole eight years not one girl who has been placed out at service from the home has fallen," Mrs Branting added. "I could place all our girls in good situations." The speaker continued : " And mistresses one* having Tc Oranga girls always ask for more. The girls have told me over and over again that the work here is not a fifth j as hard as in a situation. We keep track of thpm all the time, and as they are not able to draw savings until they arc 21 without the sanction of the Minister, this acts as a further incentive to good behaviour."
Tho «frvrc-]fv of doniMtle servants i-; very real in Blenheim and all through Marlboiojgh.