There are four residential units, each with a classroom for up to ten students. Education is delivered by two registered teachers in each classroom. Covering all curriculum areas from the New Zealand curriculum, the learning programme is tailored to meet the specific learning needs and interests of each young person. There is a specific focus on literacy, numeracy, gaining NCEA Level 1 & 2, vocational qualifications and health & wellbeing.
A young person may be in a Youth Justice residence because they may have been:
In addition to the 40 youth justice beds, Korowai Manaaki also provides up to six beds for young persons sentenced under the Criminal Justice Act who are transferred by agreement to Oranga Tamariki because they are considered at the time to be too vulnerable to be in the youth wing of a prison.