Rolleston Prison

Rolleston Prison is located south west of Christchurch and houses lower-security prisoners.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 347  3930

Postal address:PO Box 45
Canterbury 7643

Physical address:
Runners Road

General information

Types of prisoners: Minimum to low-medium security men
Year established: 1958

Offender training

Carpentry Training Workshop10

The Carpentry training programme based in the carpentry workshop and supporting the Construction Yard provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects of introductory carpentry and construction to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to enter the construction industry. Practical work is carried out on the job in the Rolleston Construction Yard.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trade Skills Level 2.
  • Certificate in Carpentry Level 3.

Offender employment

Asset Maintenance14Asset 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.
Construction Yard40

The Rolleston Construction Yard was introduced in 2013 and rebuilds damaged residential buildings in partnership with Housing New Zealand Corporation. Prisoners employed in this activity have a range of trade options including;

  • Building and Carpentry
  • Plastering
  • Painting

Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards;

  • Certificate in Carpentry Level 3
  • National Certificate in Plastering Level 3
  • National Certificate in Painting Level 3