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.

Resource consent application

We have applied for resource consent and the Christchurch City Council decided that public notification is required. The period for submission has now closed.

A hearing involving a panel of two independent commissioners will take place from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 November. You can find more information about the hearing on the Christchurch City Council website.

Changes to the programme

We have now considered all of the submissions about our application for resource consent and have made some changes to the proposed programme to address some of the concerns that have been raised.

We will:

  • Reduce the number of residents from 16 to 12
  • Phase in the number of residents through the first 15 months of operation
  • Increase the maximum number of staff onsite at any one time to up to 14 to respond to community concern around safety
  • Install etchlite glazing in the programme and dining rooms to enhance privacy
  • Install a new gate at the main entrance
  • Further limit the hours where music can be played outside, and where outdoor areas can be used.

You can read more about these and other changes in our response to the council’s request for further information on the Christchurch City Council website.

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.

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.

Public enquiries

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

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