How will we keep the community safe?
Public safety is our top priority, and a person will not be permitted to reside at the property if we think the risk to public safety could not be safely managed.
A service provider will provide 24-7 onsite wrap-around support for residents, with at least two staff members awake at all times. We will install outdoor CCTV cameras to monitor activities on the property.
Residents will be selected through a careful and robust assessment and selection process and must be identified as being motivated to reintegrate into the community. Men with current or historic convictions for sexual offending against children or adults will not be eligible for the service.
Residents will have to agree to follow house rules such as a curfew, a ban on alcohol and requiring approval for any visitors. Some may be subject to electronic monitoring or directives to not associate with certain individuals or groups.
Antisocial behaviour or breaching the house rules will not be tolerated and could lead to being withdrawn from the service and facing enforcement action before a court or the New Zealand Parole Board.
We will provide a contact number for neighbours to talk with the service manager if there are any concerns or disturbances.
Will this lead to an increase in local crime?
We do not anticipate an increase in crime rates in Te Puke as a result of the proposed service. To ensure this, we plan to work with local and regional Police. Ara Poutama Aotearoa has many residential services like this set up throughout New Zealand and we are not aware of any increase in crime rates in neighbourhoods as a result of these.
Will this lead to an increase in local gang activity?
We do not anticipate an increase in gang activity in Te Puke as a result of the service. Ara Poutama Aotearoa has many residential services like this set up throughout New Zealand and we are not aware of any increase in gang activity in neighbourhoods as a result of these.
Visitors must be pre-approved and will have to apply to visit. They will only be able to visit at pre-arranged set times and must comply with the house rules while at the property. Antisocial behaviour from residents or their visitors will not be tolerated and may result in the resident being removed from the service.
Public safety is our top priority. We have developed a comprehensive five-year gang strategy aiming to reduce the harm caused by gangs in correction facilities and the community. This includes taking all opportunities to support people with disassociating themselves from gangs and gang related activities.
How will we manage gang affiliations?
Residents will be required to demonstrate that they are making efforts to distance themselves from any gang connections and will not be permitted to wear or display gang regalia on the property. All visitors will be pre-arranged and will need to be approved in advance. They will have to comply with the house rules while at the property.
Ara Poutama Aotearoa takes all reasonable steps to discourage people we manage from gang membership by providing programmes and opportunities to support people in disassociating themselves from gangs and gang related activities. We have a comprehensive five-year gang strategy that is aligned to the Whole of Government Action Plan on gangs. This strategy works to ensure communities are less impacted by the antisocial and criminal behaviours of people who are affiliated with gangs by:
- Limiting the criminal behaviours of people under our supervision
- Promoting and enabling gang disengagement
- Promoting people to adopt prosocial lives.
How will we support residents to abide by the conditions and orders of their sentences?
Dedicated probation officers will work closely with the service provider and actively manage the conditions and orders of the sentences of all residents. If a resident breaches these, they may face penalties, such as increased reporting to Community Corrections, prosecution or being sent to a corrections facility.
Our Community Corrections staff manage around 30,000 people in the community and are very experienced in working with people released from a corrections facility or serving a community-based sentence or order.
How will we respond if a resident breaches their electronic monitoring condition?
If a resident breaches their electronic monitoring condition by leaving the property without permission, an alert will automatically be sent to staff at the GPS monitoring centre, who will then call the supervising probation officer. The probation officer will contact on-site staff who will confirm that the resident has left the property and then call Police. Police will work with the GPS monitoring centre to track the location of the resident and apprehend them.
Will victims be notified?
Yes. Registered victims will be notified in accordance with our legal requirements around the Victims Notification Register. When assessing the suitability of any address for a person being released from a corrections facility, we check that the property is not near the residence of any registered victim.