Creating lasting change

Our vision

To create lasting change by breaking the cycle of re-offending.

Our goal

Reducing re-offending by 25% by 2017.

Creating lasting change

Most of us take our freedom for granted, but while the rest of New Zealand is waking up and
going about their usual day, 8,500 people are waking up each day in prison. Another 33,000 people are waking up to another day on a community sentence or order.

At Corrections, our people carry out thousands of different roles every day,but no matter what our job is, we’re all here for two main reasons:

  • to protect the public of New Zealand from those who can harm them; and
  • to create lasting change by breaking the cycle of re-offending.

This is the second year of our ongoing Creating Lasting Change Strategy (2011- 2015). When the strategy was launched in 2011, Corrections was an organisation coming to terms with its changing environment. Since then we’ve undergone a major transformation in the way we are structured and introduced bold changes to the way we operate.

We said we would complete probation’s Integrated Practice Framework and we did. We said we’d have smokefree prisons and we do. We said we’d introduce case management and we have. We’ve opened new treatment units, piloted new rehabilitation programmes and increased the number of offenders learning trades and achieving NZQA-recognised training qualifications.

We’re working more closely with our partners in the justice sector, as well as local iwi and community groups, and this engagement will increase over the next 12 months. We’ve also reviewed our performance from both a financial and an operational perspective. We know what we do well and where we can do better.

The four priorities we set in 2011 still hold firm 12 months on. And we have a clear goal – to reduce re-offending by 25% by 2017.

We have a committed, professional workforce of 7,500 people working together toward a common goal. By working together as One Team and forging stronger relationships with those in the public and private sector who share our passion for reducing crime, we are in a strong position to make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders.