The Department has recently reviewed the set up, or configuration, of New Zealand’s prison network.
As a result of this review, New Plymouth and Wellington prisons will close. Some parts of Arohata, Rolleston, Tongariro / Rangipo and Waikeria prisons will also close and the Department will invest in refurbishments at Invercargill and Auckland prisons.
These changes will improve the overall standard of New Zealand’s prisons. They will mean better working conditions for prison staff and better facilities to work with offenders and reduce re-offending.
The closures will take place progressively between June 2012 and April 2013:
|Prison||Units||Expected closure timeframe|
|Tongariro/Rangipo||Larch Unit||Jun 2012|
|Rolleston||Tawa Unit||Aug 2012|
|Arohata||Probation Unit||Oct 2012|
|Fergusson Unit||Oct 2012|
|Reeves Unit||Oct 2012|
|Wellington||Entire prison||Nov 2012|
|New Plymouth||Entire prison||Mar 2013|
|Waikeria||Hillary Unit||Jun 2012|
|Meads Unit||Jun 2012|
|Kowhai Unit||Apr 2013|
|Central Unit||Apr 2013|
Staff and unions were consulted on proposed changes between 22 March and 20 April 2012.
Read the media release announcing the proposals, Changes to New Zealand Prisons.
During this time, the Department’s Chief Executive Ray Smith and senior managers visited every prison that would be impacted by the changes and met with staff and unions.
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