We have nearly 1,700 authorised volunteers actively working with offenders on a regular basis.

Volunteering within Corrections supports our goal of reducing re-offending, by assisting offenders to meet their rehabilitative needs and transition back into society (reintegration).

Volunteers also support and complement our services and constructive activities for prisoners, for example in music, health and wellbeing, cultural and religious services, reading and writing, parenting/life skills or supporting other rehabilitation and reintegration programmes we have to offer.

Volunteering can be done individually or by working with volunteer groups and organisations to meet offenders’ needs.

Our volunteers bring a unique connection to our offenders (in particular prisoners) that our staff are unable to provide, that we particularly appreciate. Check our publication Corrections Works to read first-hand the real difference our volunteers make.

Volunteer qualities

Volunteering can be challenging. Our volunteers need maturity, a strong pro-social attitude and the ability to cope with difficult people and situations. Volunteering for us requires a real connection with the outside world. You may be seen by offenders as a role model and a respected member of the community.


If you're a student and interested in volunteering for us you need to be clear about your prospective role in meeting the needs of the offender and what skills you can offer.

How to apply

Complete the Volunteer Application Form (Word, 275KB) and send to your local volunteer coordinator who will review your application to see if your skills match the current needs of the offenders. If you do match there is an approval and induction process that is done before starting.

Volunteer coordinators

As well as recruiting volunteers, volunteer coordinators are responsible for the engagement, training, administration and monitoring of volunteers. They're also the first point of contact for all local issues.

For general questions about the programme contact volunteering@corrections.govt.nz.

AreaVolunteer coordinator
  • Auckland Prison
  • Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility
  • Northland Region Corrections Facility
  • Mount Eden Corrections Facility
  • Northern Community Corrections

Ruth Patterson
(09) 306 8383

Department of Corrections
Private Box 11612
Ellerslie Auckland 1542

  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Waikato Community Corrections

Kelly Tangaroa
(07) 826 0325

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 503
Huntly 3740

  • Waikeria Prison

Nadine Allen
(07) 872 6641

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 2400
Te Awamutu 3840

  • Tongariro Prison

Gendi TeKeepa
(07) 384 7514

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 500
Turangi 3353

  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison

Karyn Teddy
(06) 872 8034

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 1600
Napier 4142

  • Whanganui Prison

Andrea Zander
(06) 349 6865

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 3000
Wanganui 4540

  • Manawatu Prison

Phillipa Stephens


Department of Corrections
Private Bag 11023
Palmerston North 4442

  • Rimutaka Prison
  • Arohata Prison

Clare Sumner
(04) 529 0878

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 47901
Trentham 5143

  • Christchurch Men's Prison
  • Christchurch Women’s Prison
  • Rolleston Prison
  • Invercargill Prison
  • Otago Corrections Facility
  • Canterbury Community Corrections

Jennifer Hardy
(03) 345 6443

Department of Corrections
Private Bag 4944
Christchurch 8140