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

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news