Farming and horticulture factsheet

The Department of Corrections offers trade training and qualifications in the primary sector in twelve of our prisons throughout New Zealand.


The Department of Corrections has a number of farms across the country where a variety of activities concerned with the growing of crops, caring for livestock and other farming duties including fencing and general maintenance are carried out.

Farming is offered at:

  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility - Dairy
  • Waikeria Prison - Dairy
  • Tongariro Prison - Drystock
  • Manawatu Prison - Dairy
  • Christchurch Men’s Prison - Pig Farm, Drystock
  • Otago Corrections Facility - Dairy


There are a number of nurseries and training operations across the country where horticulture skills can be learnt.

Horticulture is offered at:

  • Northland Region Corrections Facility
  • Auckland Prison
  • Auckland Region Women’s
  • Corrections Facility
  • Spring Hill Corrections Facility
  • Waikeria Prison
  • Tongariro Prison
  • Whanganui Prison
  • Christchurch Men’s Prison
  • Christchurch Women’s Prison
  • Rolleston Prison
  • Otago Corrections Facility


There are a number of sites across the country where training in apiculture is delivered.


Forestry/Silviculture is offered at:

  • Hawkes Bay Regional Prison
  • Rimutaka Prison
  • Invercargill Prison

We offer a range of on the job training, training courses and hands on experience including:

  • Nursery and organic market gardens
  • Internal and external grounds maintenance crews and contract work parties
  • Sheep, dairy, pig and dry stock farming and associated duties
  • Forestry crews
  • Forklift operations

We offer the following qualifications:

  • National Certificate in Horticulture
  • National Certificate in Agriculture
  • National Certificate in Forestry
  • National Certificate in Pork Production
  • Growsafe Certificate
  • Certificate in Forklift Operations

We also partner with accredited tertiary institutions to deliver quality training to prisoners.