Bristol Street programme

Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Department of Corrections wants to establish a residential programme at 14 Bristol Street, St Albans, Christchurch. This will be a violence-prevention programme for men to learn skills to stop them from using violence and engaging in other offending.

We have applied for resource consent and the Christchurch City Council has decided that public notification is required. This means that anyone can make a submission to the council about the proposed programme, once the council publicly notifies it.

Tai Aroha

The programme will be modelled on a well-established residential programme in Hamilton called Tai Aroha, which has been operating successfully for ten years. You can read more about the Tai Aroha programme in the FAQ section.

2015 Tai Aroha evaluation

We have recently published the 2015 evaluation of Tai Aroha. This was an in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of the programme. It looked at several aspects of the programme including:

  • Recidivism outcomes
  • Programme integrity
  • Psychological measures
  • Graduates’ perceptions of the programme.

You can read more about the Tai Aroha evaluation in the FAQ section.

Tai Aroha video

We have published a video about Tai Aroha. This video demonstrates the positive impacts the programme at Bristol Street would have on residents and their families.

Social impact assessment

Beca has published a social impact assessment on the proposed programme. This is an independent assessment of the potential positive and negative social impacts that the programme could have on the community.

Social impact assessment — 14 Bristol Street PDF, 3.8 MB

Assessment of the impacts of rangatiratanga and Treaty principals

Mahaanui Kurataiao has undertaken an assessment of the impacts of the proposed programme on rangatiratanga and the principals of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Assessment of impacts on rangatiratanga and Treaty principals — position statement PDF, 699.2 KB

Frequently asked questions

Visit the frequently asked questions page for more information about the programme.

Community engagement

In November, we delivered letters to around 145 nearby dwellings, and followed this up by attempting to visit each dwelling to talk with neighbours and answer their questions. So far, we have spoken to residents from around 90 per cent of these dwellings.

On 2 and 3 December, we met with around 35 people in community information sessions that we held at Rehua marae.

We will continue to engage with the community in 2021. We are continuing to respond to public enquiries and are considering ways to mitigate some of the concerns that members of the community have already raised with us.

Public enquiries

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or feedback about the proposed programme.

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