Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wellington Prison Public Open Day

21 November 2012

Wellington Prison Public Open Day

The Department of Corrections is holding an open day at Wellington Prison from 10am to 3pm this Saturday 24 November, before the prison officially closes at the end of the month.

Karen Petrie, Corrections Services’ Lower North Regional Manager said the prison was a good example of an early 20th century prison, and visitors would see this during the open day.

“Wellington Prison has now reached the end of its life after 85 years in operation. When it was built in 1927 it was considered a progressive facility for its time. However, New Zealand has moved on considerably since then and today the prison is not up to the standard of a modern Corrections facility and no longer meets our needs.

“We’re committed to reducing re-offending by 25 percent by 2017, and to do so, we need facilities that will help us meet that target,’ she said.

During the open day, visitors will be able to take a self-guided tour of the prison, starting with the control room and then the receiving office, where newly-arrived prisoners were photographed and their details checked, before moving on through the prison.

The prison’s cell blocks will be open for visitors to see how prisoners ate, slept and showered.

Visitors will also be able to see the print shop, which has been an important part of Wellington Prison and remains an important rehabilitation industry for Corrections, enabling prisoners to gain valuable skills and experience that help them find work once they are released back into the community.

“There’s a lot to see and take in during the open day, and Corrections staff will be on hand to answer any questions people have,” Ms Petrie said.

“It’s also an opportunity for anyone who’s interested in joining Corrections, either as a Corrections Officer, Nurse or Psychologist, to talk with our recruitment team.”

Entry to the open day is by gold coin donation, with funds going to charities selected by Wellington Prison staff, including Night Shelter, Women’s Refuge, Victim Support and the Salvation Army.

All prisoners will have been relocated to other prisons ahead of the open day.

Open Day Details

When: Wellington Prison Open Day, Saturday 24 November, 10am – 3pm.
Where: Main Road, Maupuia, Wellington 6022
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to Night Shelter, Women’s Refuge, Victim Support and the Salvation Army.
Remember: Corrections facilities are smoke-free. Visitors are encouraged to car-pool as there is limited parking at the prison.

Wellington Prison will be decommissioned following its official closure on 30 November 2012.

Once the site has been decommissioned, the Department intends to hand it over to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to manage the disposal of the buildings and land, taking into account both historic and treaty settlement considerations.

Since July, prisoners have been gradually relocated to Rimutaka Prison and other prisons based on standard transfer practice and their individual needs.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news