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

Until recently, the World War II bunkers at Palmer Heads were covered in tagging and rubbish littered the bunkers, nearby walking track and park.

Up to 20 people sentenced to community work were involved in the clean-up project, which took just over a week.

Under the supervision of a community work supervisor, community work crews cleaned up rubbish, removed weeds, mowed grass and painted the interior of the bunkers with recycled paint supplied by the Council.

The work was finished in time for a family fun event at Rangitatau Reserve on 19 November.

Probation Officer Mike Abraham said it was a worthwhile project to be involved it.

“The project is a great example of various agencies working together to benefit the local community. 

“Some of the offenders who worked on the project are from the Strathmore area and appreciated the pride the community have in their neighbourhood. Overall they were enthusiastic and took an interest in the historical nature of the fortification,” he said.

Community work crews clean up parklands near the historic bunkers

The clean up is just one of many projects Wellington community work parties have been involved in recently.

Other projects include landscaping and grounds maintenance at Mokai Gardens where work parties also maintain the community garden; maintenance and upkeep of the Makara mountain bike track; and shoreline maintenance and clean up at Tarakena Bay and Red Rocks.

From 1 July to 31 October this year offenders sentenced to community work in the Wellington District (Kapiti, Porirua, Upper and Lower Hutt and Wellington city) have contributed to over 52,000 hours of unpaid work.  The sentence of community work requires offenders to do unpaid work in the community for non-profit organisations as a way of making up for their offending.

Corrections is committed to reducing re-offending by 25% by 2017.  Corrections manages offenders to hold them to account to comply with their sentences and orders, reduce their likelihood of re-offending, minimise their risk to others, and help them become productive and contributing members of society.