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Construction - CPB

Cornerstone Infrastructure Partners (CIP)’s main contractor, CPB Contractors is actively engaging with trades sub-contractors and will award packages of work up until project completion in August 2022. CPB Contractors are committed to utilising local services where possible.

The Department of Corrections, CPB Contractors, and the Ministry of Social Development are continuing to engage with education and training providers in the community to support the employment (including apprenticeships) of local workers, including those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

To view vacancies for the construction project please visit the recruitment portal for CPB.

Operational - Corrections

While recruitment for operational positions for the new facilities has not yet commenced, people with various backgrounds and expertise will be required for the new facility.

These include case managers, psychiatrists, psychologists, health staff, mental health nurses, social workers, programme facilitators, occupational therapists, and corrections officers

For those thinking about moving to the region, more information about living in the South Waikato is available from Space to Grow.

To view current vacancies for frontline Corrections positions, including at the existing Waikeria Prison facility, please visit Careers at Corrections.


September - November 2020

Contractor numbers continued to grow with daily averages of around 650 workers on site, with a peak in excess of 700. Contractor numbers are expected to grow in the months to come as internal fit-out works begin in some buildings.

  • All cell modules have been installed
  • 1920 of 2106 wall panels have been installed
  • 1.4km of the 1.7km of the concrete panels for the secure perimeter fence have been installed

40 men in prison at Waikeria have been employed by contractors working on the new build as part of our Release To Work programme, with 14 currently working on the prison development. 10 have retained their employment following their release from prison.

June - August 2020

Construction has continued at pace with floors poured for all buildings. Concrete panels have been erected for most buildings. The roof has been installed on the Gatehouse. Work has continued under Alert Level 2 restrictions with heightened health and safety precautions.

The completion date for the project shifted by six months to August 2022 as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

As of July:

  • 10,915 metres of sewer and storm-water drainage has been installed
  • 1,181 pre-cast wall panels have been installed from a total of 2,106.
  • A total of 235 cell modules have been installed.

· One million hours have been worked by contractors on the project with zero lost time injuries – a fantastic achievement.

April - May 2020

Work on-site was temporarily paused throughout COVID-19 Alert Level 4. Full site remobilisation occurred in early May, with appropriate measures, including physical distancing, taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all construction and site personnel.

January – March 2020

Piling is nearing completion with 3000 of the approximately 3200 piles now in the ground. Cell construction is progressing and concrete pours for various buildings are continuing.

November - December 2019

Installation of Gatehouse ground floor panel walls completed. Panelling for accommodation units continues. Excavation work (16 metres underground) for wastewater piping continues. Earthworks for new pump station foundations continuing. Further enhancements are made to the intersection of State Highway 3 and Waikeria Road.

October 2019

Two thirds of piling works completed, with foundation works commencing for a number of accommodation units. Work commences on the Wastewater Upgrade project, with earthworks and other founding activities occurring at the site of the prison pump station. Preparations for the first section of piping between Waikeria Prison and Kihikihi begin.

August - September 2019

Concrete pours for the Gatehouse completed.

June - July 2019

Piling commences on site. Enhancements to the intersection of Waikeria Road and State Highway 3 are completed. These works included the construction of a right-hand turn bay from State Highway 3 into Waikeria Road for traffic from the south, and better sight-lines for traffic turning out of Waikeria Road at the new Stop sign.

September 2018

Design on the revised scope progresses successfully with Corrections executing a PPP contract with Cornerstone Infrastructure Partners (CIP), closing the procurement phase of the project. Earthworks commenced on-site to enable further construction to proceed to schedule.

May 2018

Cabinet directs Corrections to complete the PPP procurement process for the new development at Waikeria Prison with a capacity of 500 beds with an additional 100 beds for a dedicated mental health service.

December 2017

Assessment of responses to the tender process ended, and the appointment of a Preferred Bidder by Corrections was advised to the new Government. Corrections was then directed by Cabinet to put the PPP procurement process into a state of managed delay while the new Government assessed options to change the scale and scope of the new development.

January 2017

A comprehensive tender process commenced for a public-private partnership contract for the new facility using the New Zealand Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS)

November 2016

Cabinet approved in principle that Corrections will develop new prison facilities for up to an additional 1,520 beds at Waikeria Prison through a Design, Build, Finance, and Maintain PPP, to be operating by late 2021.

October 2016

Cabinet approved a Programme Business Case to address forecast prison capacity shortfall through investing in new, modern capacity. Cabinet agreed for a Business Case to be presented by Corrections for a new development at Waikeria Prison.