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


Garden throwover foiled at Waikeria Prison

Garden throwover foiled at Waikeria Prison

Eagle-eyed overnight staff at Waikeria Prison seized a package of contraband items found in a prison garden over the weekend, stopping it from getting to prisoners.

The package contained a cellphone, lighter, tobacco and drugs, and has been provided to Police to assist their investigation.

“Master Control staff monitoring our cameras identified someone on foot near the main entrance to the site in the early hours of Sunday morning,” says Prison Director Jim Watson.

“Staff went to investigate, and were sped at by a car attempting to avoid identification. All units were asked to check their external areas, and shortly afterwards the package was found.”

“It was a fantastic effort by our staff,” says Jim. “Thanks to the vigilance of the team on site overnight, we were able to intercept the contraband before it could get into the hands of prisoners.”

“Prisoners who are affected by the use of drugs pose a significant risk to the safety of our staff and other prisoners. In addition, the possession or trading of contraband items leads to standovers and prisoner violence.”

Corrections has a wide range of screening methods to prevent and detect contraband including extensive prison perimeter security, camera surveillance, searches of vehicles entering prison property, banning visitors who attempt to bring contraband into prisons and specialist detector dog teams.

“The presence of contraband in prisons has an impact on the safety and security of our people, our sites and our communities. This was a great find by the team, and we’re continuing to work with our Police colleagues to hold those involved to account.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>


Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>


Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>


eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>





InfoPages News Channels