Whanganui Prison

Whanganui Prison is located east of Whanganui, near Kaitoke.

Contact details

Phone: (06) 349 6800

Postal address:
Private Bag 3000
Whanganui Mail Centre
Whanganui 4540

Physical address:
Pauri Rd
Whanganui 4572

General information

Prisoner capacity: 529
Security classification: Minimum to high security male prisoners
Year established: 1978

The perimeter gate at Wanganui Prison.

The perimeter gate at Whanganui Prison.

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Motor
Industry
Training
Workshop
14

The workshop based Automotive training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to enter the employment in garages and the automotive industry. Prisoners work with project vehicles to demonstrate their skills.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Small Motors) Level 2
Horticulture
Training
Nursery
16

The Horticulture Training Nursery provides an intensive training programme to prepare learners for employment in production horticulture. Learners develop their knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for production horticulture.

  • Provides a pathway into: Horticulture and Nurseries Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3
Hospitality
Training
Course
8

The Hospitality training course is embedded within the Commercial Kitchen and prepares learners for a range of roles supporting employment in commercial catering. Learners develop their knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for Commercial Catering and hospitality.

  • Provides a pathway into: Kitchens and Catering Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Hospitality Level 2

Offender employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen 39 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners Offender Education,
also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 6 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoner’s process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
Asset
Maintenance
6

Asset Maintenance work parties clean, maintain, and paint Corrections buildings and facilities. Prisoners wash down, prepare, and paint corrections buildings exterior and interior including working at heights. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Painting Level 3, transitioning to the National Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 in June 2014.

Pre Cast Concrete Yard 44 The Pre Cast Concrete yard provides pre cast concrete products for large and small applications including roading sideways and water tanks. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake the full range of roles required for concrete production. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Concrete Core Skills Level 2
Joinery and
Timber
Processing
workshop
15 The Joinery workshop provides processed timber products, complete furniture, and joinery services to external clients. Prisoner employed in this activity undertake a range of Joinery and Furniture construction roles including; Processing timber, using specialist joinery tooling and equipment, and manufacturing furniture and furniture products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the Certificate in Wood Manufacturing and National Certificate in Furniture Level 2.