Our priorities

Corrections has four key priorities - Safety, Rehabilitation, Transitions, Our People


Prison Capacity

  • Deliver additional prison beds through a range of build solutions including modular and small-scale builds.
  • The High Impact Innovation Programme will enhance opportunities for offenders to access electronic bail and home detention options.

Reducing Violence

  • Expand the Site Emergency Response Teams (SERT) to four more prisons to provide proactive safety and emergency response capability.
  • Partner with iwi to create youth mentors to ensure meaningful connection with whanau and avoid gang entrenchment.

Tokorima A Māui

  • Create a new practice framework that aligns to our five Tokorima a Māui values for all of Corrections.
  • Complete a self assessment at every community corrections and prison site using the Tokorima a Māui framework.

High Risk Pathway

  • Further advance staff capability and skills to safely monitor high risk offenders in the community.
  • This will include specialist training and support for staff to work with sex offenders to reduce the risk of re-offending.



  • Enable the This Way for Work programme to provide a greater level of vocational skills, career planning and driver licensing to get offenders into employment.
  • Increase the number of dedicated recruitment specialists to support more offenders into employment.


  • Expand the Better Lives remand operational model to ensure offenders receive support and motivation at the earliest point of their imprisonment.
  • Implement the Kia Rite prison induction programme for women to support rehabilitation and educational outcomes.

Mental Health/AOD Services

  • Roll out Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) across remand sites.
  • Implement the Intervention and Support approach for at risk prisoners in all prisons and pilot an advanced model of care at three sites.

Te Tirohanga/Te Mana Wahine

  • Increase completions of our cognitive behavioural therapeutic offence focused programme Mauri Tū Pae for men.
  • Develop Te Mana Wahine interventions for all women’s prisons with dedicated kaiawhina and rehabilitation programmes.


Guided Release

  • Maximise the use of guided release for prisoners approaching parole for a safer reintegration into society.
  • This practical support will assist offenders to obtain driver licences, bank accounts, connect with whanau and receive other reintegrative needs.

Community Residential Facilities

  • Create supervised accommodation solutions in local communities to increase the likelihood of people being granted parole.
  • These stable facilities will provide supervision, monitoring and support for people in transition.

Whare Oranga Ake

  • Expand our unique open prison model which develops whanau connections, supports parenting and increases access to community services.
  • Develop a concept for a community based Whare Oranga Ake model.


  • Deliver a resettlement centre in Hamilton for wahine and their tamariki in partnership with the Kiingitanga.
  • Understand individual Māori offenders’ whakapapa to connect them to their iwi to support resettlement.

Our People

Safety & Wellbeing

  • Assess our critical health and safety risks through a strengthened programme of employee engagement.
  • Provide mental wellbeing support and resources to our people through a dedicated ‘Your Mental Health Matters’ programme.

Making Shifts Work

  • Deliver flexible roster patterns that provide safer and better working conditions for corrections officers.
  • This will create more opportunities for increased rehabilitation and structured activity for prisoners.

Experiential Learning

  • Redevelop our National Learning Centre to provide a modern residential training facility, including a tactical setting to practice skills and capabilities.
  • Redesign the probation officer curriculum so it has stronger on-the-job learning experiences and fully accessible content.

Inspirational Leaders

  • Introduce iLead, a new model for what inspirational leadership looks like, and enhance the cultural capability of our leaders to create a better workplace.
  • Implement the iReflect tool for leaders to gain feedback and make changes towards a safer and better workplace.