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News items from Corrections are listed here.  For Corrections' media releases, see our Media Release section.

01 December 2015

Sir Ray's message is that everyone can have a better future and to do this you need to have a plan and believe in yourself.

30 November 2015

The Minister of Corrections hosted a breakfast for some of NZ's biggest employers to discuss their potential involvement in reducing re-offending.

27 November 2015

Ministers sign agreement that will see community work offenders help DoC wage a 'War on Weeds'.

26 November 2015

Manawatu Prison partnered with Horizons Regional Council Road Safety to hold a road safety education programme for around 80 prisoners.

21 October 2015

Based on an initiative developed in Holland, a joint programme between Community Corrections and Police in Horowhenua is getting great results.

29 September 2015

The new Victims Code clearly lays out Corrections' responsibilities to victims and ensures we provide the best possible service to them.

14 August 2015

Three prisoners with low literacy have graduated from the New Zealand Howard League for Penal Reform's literacy programme at Rimutaka Prison.

13 August 2015

An exhibition at the Gus Fisher gallery in Auckland marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

04 August 2015

A first-time prisoner shares his experience of the kaupapa Maori rehabilitation programme, Te Tirohanga.

24 July 2015

If you have any information that could assist the review underway of Serco operations at Mt Eden Corrections Facility, contact the Chief Inspector,

09 July 2015

Being literate is one of the most important skills to have, Helen Clark tells prisoners.

02 July 2015

Waikeria Prison and a colourful group of Pacific women who work with prisoners have won top prizes at the recent Arts Access Awards.

22 June 2015

National Volunteer Week (21-27 June) celebrates the invaluable knowledge, skill and time contribution made by volunteers around New Zealand.

17 June 2015

A Puppies in Prison programme, training mobility dogs for people living with a disability, is now exclusively run in prisons, with prisoners as handlers.

09 June 2015

The American Shakespeare Behind Bars programme has been running for over 20 years and uses exclusively the works of William Shakespeare to offer prisoners 'theatrical encounters with personal and social issues, to help them develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.'

08 June 2015

Fifty-eight prisoners have begun a personal journey towards a real educational qualification with Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

04 June 2015

A new data set on the remand and sentenced prisoner population can be viewed, filtered and downloaded from the Statistics New Zealand website.

11 May 2015

The Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-liga officially opened Auckland South Corrections Facility, Kohuora on Friday 8 May. The first prisoners will arrive later this month.

27 March 2015

The Tokoroa RSA enlists Corrections' help to prepare for WWI centenary commemorations.

15 December 2014

Wellington Community Corrections has assisted Wellington City Council with a clean up of historic bunkers and parkland on a hillside overlooking Wellington Airport.

18 November 2014

Five Corrections dog teams from five different prisons have graduated as fully qualified drug detector dogs.

05 November 2014

Corrections' new four year strategy RR25% Reducing Re-offending was launched on Tuesday 4 November at the annual Corrections' Leaders Forum in Wellington.

15 October 2014

The 2013-2014 Annual Report for Corrections is now available.

22 September 2014

More than 20,000 New Zealand children have a parent in prison and the extra difficulties they face are recognised in Children of Prisoners Week.

19 August 2014

The following is an open letter from a prisoner about his experience in last year's Visa Wellington on a Plate event

31 July 2014

Winners from Arts Access Awards announced.

28 July 2014

An initiatve through the Better Public Services Flagship Project in Hamilton sees 12 paintings created by prisoners at Waikeria Prison displayed in participating government agency offices.

28 July 2014

Corrections and Housing New Zealand staff were joined by the Prime Minister Hon. John Key, Minister of Corrections Hon Anne Tolley, Minister of Housing Hon Dr Nick Smith, and other officials, to celebrate the return of the first four homes from Rolleston Yard to the Housing New Zealand housing stock in east Christchurch.

11 July 2014

At Corrections we are proud of the work we do. Check out our new suite of brochures that help tell our story.

20 June 2014

Waikeria Prison's dairy instructors need to have big boots - they essentially have three roles to fill; that of corrections officer, dairy farmer and teacher.

17 June 2014

This year for volunteer week Corrections is recognising four volunteers who make a contribution towards reducing re-offending and/or supporting strong positive community and iwi connections.

06 June 2014

Nick and Ben from Manawatu Prison and John and Aysa from Spring Hill Corrections Facility complete in the annual National Police Dog and Detector Dog Championships.

05 June 2014

Visitors to Corrections' National Office can take a walk back through time in the new Heritage Centre.

30 May 2014

"The only time I seem to be able to make the whole world happy and forget the terrible things I've done is when I sing." Angela, Series Two Songs From The Inside

23 May 2014

Lower Hutt Community Corrections is going green by trialling a hybrid electric vehicle.

23 May 2014

Whanganui/Taranaki Community Corrections partnered with emergency services, road safety agencies and a funeral director to deliver an innovative road safety programme to 66 community-based offenders in Whanganui on Saturday 17 May.

12 May 2014

Delivering Social Services Every Day is a new publication illustrating the breadth and depth of the social sector and how organisations, including Corrections, are increasingly interconnected.

24 April 2014

Prisoners and community work offenders are doing a range of work to support their local RSAs with preparations in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

22 April 2014

On Monday 14 April a stirring powhiri welcomed manuhiri (visitors) into Te Whare Whaanui for the launch of Te Tirohanga.

22 April 2014

Minister for Corrections, Anne Tolley officially opened the refurbished Lower Hutt Community Corrections.

02 April 2014

Clips of our Offender Employment Instructors showcase their literacy and numeracy training skills.

27 March 2014

Colourful baskets and mats, woven by prisoners from Spring Hill Corrections Facility's Pacific Focus Unit (Vaka Fa'aola), are now on display to the public at Parliament's Bowen House.

12 March 2014

Horticulture Instructor Jeanette Mathers and Plastering Instructor Ken Collins are seeing great results from teaching prisoners to read, write and do maths.

03 March 2014

Corrections and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) are working together to provide access to quality education for prisoners.

24 February 2014

'Pooks the Pukeko' is a result of the New Zealand Howard League For Penal Reform's Literacy Programme in prison.

04 February 2014

Four Corrections staff who started their corrections officer training together 40 years ago, recommend a career with Corrections.

04 February 2014

New Lynn Corrections Community Work teams have developed new play facilities for children visiting the Motu Moana Scout Camp.

29 January 2014

Prisoners are building kennels for the Department's detection dogs and gaining useful NZQA qualifications.

23 January 2014

Volunteer quilters June Nixey and Janet Forbes have been recognised in the New Year honours for their service to prisoner rehabilitation.

13 January 2014

Corrections is helping to get families on their bikes by working with the Dunedin City Council to set up a 'Bike Library'.

13 January 2014

From 1 February 2014, Corrections will also take over the monitoring aspects of EM bail for youth.

23 December 2013

The Department of Corrections has partnered with Roadsafe Taranaki to run an innovative programme with young offenders to tackle drink-driving and encourage road safety.

20 December 2013

Department of Corrections opening hours for Community Probation sites and Prisons.

23 December 2013

The delivery of more than 5,000 free tomato plants to social-housing tenants in Christchurch is underway, thanks to the partnership between the Department of Corrections and the Christchurch City Council.

20 December 2013

Prisoners from Northland Region Corrections Facility created works to display at the old Library Art Gallery.

10 December 2013

A Corrections psychology team leads in supporting staff health and well-being.

10 December 2013

Building and refurbishing houses gives prisoners many valuable skills to turn their lives around.

09 December 2013

Secure TVs began rolling out to prisoners at Christchurch Men's Prison on 27 November.

06 December 2013

Community work offenders around the country have clocked up more than a million hours of unpaid work since mid-year.

05 December 2013

Thursday 5 December is International Volunteer Day. Today Corrections thanks and acknowledges about 2,500 volunteers.

25 November 2013

Offenders on community work have created 90 wooden Christmas trees that will soon be on display in central shops.

11 November 2013

Offenders on community work contribute millions of hours to our communities each year.

11 November 2013

Follow reporter Matt Chisholm into Waikeria Prison.

11 November 2013

Follow Campbell LIVE reporter Whena Owen in to Tongariro/Rangipo Prison to find out more about Greyhounds Behind Bars, a project where carefully selected prisoners retrain retired greyhounds so they are suitable for adoption.

25 October 2013

The sale of prisoner art raised $15,000 for the Youth Alive Trust.

25 October 2013

Community work parties in Whanganui have been cleaning the city's riverside boardwalk and surrounding areas so the city can return to normal as soon as possible following last week's flood.

25 October 2013

Dunedin Community Probation has given old buildings at its Percy St site a new lease of life.

24 October 2013

Being sentenced to community work is putting jobless offenders on a pathway to employment in Canterbury as Corrections looks for ways to contribute to the post-quake rebuild.

14 October 2013

Hon Anne Tolley has opened a mountain bike track in Taupo that was built with the help of offenders on a community sentence.

30 September 2013

The give away is "that great big grin on Bryce's face" - it's a sign that Release to Work Case Manager Bryce Wiggins has achieved something positive to help turn an offender's life around.

30 September 2013

After being General Manager Finance, Technology and Commercial, Jeremy Lightfoot is ready to take on this new role.

30 September 2013

Corrections and Police will jointly manage Electronic Monitoring on Bail (EM bail).

30 September 2013

Community Work offenders in Motueka have been doing their bit for Conservation Week.

16 September 2013

Prime Minister John Key officially opened the Rolleston Prison Construction Yard on Tuesday 10 September.

16 September 2013

Tongariro/Rangipo Prison ison is benefitting from the arrival of greyhounds Travis, Kebo, Regan and Ellie.

06 September 2013

The Department of Corrections and Ministry of Social Development support over one million people in New Zealand during the most difficult times in their lives.

06 September 2013

Each year the Department of Corrections honours a select group of employees who have made a significant contribution to our key priorities of reducing re-offending and improving public safety.

02 September 2013

Corrections Officer Stacey Mizzi has created a great visiting room for children to be in.

12 August 2013

We not only teach prisoners to cook, they also gain credits towards an NZQA certificate.

12 August 2013

The Rimutaka Prison Printshop held an open day on Friday 9 August to promote its services to new and existing clients.

12 August 2013

Helping people in prison find ways to live offence free when they leave is one of the keys to reducing re-offending.

01 July 2013

In mid-June the Minister of Corrections Hon Anne Tolley climbed into a digger at a ground breaking ceremony to open the way for building work to start on the Rolleston Construction Yard.

29 July 2013

In the Hauraki-Coromandel area offenders on community work are learning how to take care of themselves and their family in a hazard.

29 July 2013

The CD made by prisoners from the Pacific Focus Unit at Spring Hill Corrections Facility is now available to the public, with proceeds going to the Cancer Foundation.

29 July 2013

Corrections has developed health information posters and leaflets especially for male prisoners.

15 July 2013

Two teams of offenders on community work sentences planted 2,500 native Spinifex plants to help stabilise the sand in Tuhaitara Coastal Park.

15 July 2013

The latest series of Dog Squad returns to New Zealand screens in July.

15 July 2013

Read the answer to this and other frequently asked questions about reducing re-offending...

01 July 2013

Like Elizabeth Cooch you could find volunteering at Corrections rewarding.

01 July 2013

Celebrity chef Martin Bosley is mentoring staff and prisoners up until the dinners in August.

11 June 2013

In-depth, academic and practice-focused articles for those working professionally with offenders, especially in New Zealand.

11 June 2013

To the end of April 2013, we reduced re-offending by 9.3% towards our target of 25% by 2017.