Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New style re-hab prison gets go-ahead in Northland

Northland prison will go ahead at Ngawha, but extra funding will be made available nationwide for re-habilitation, and an Iwi Liaison person in the North will be set up to continue consultation, Matt Robson Minister of Corrections announced today.

"I am proud to announce that in the up-coming budget I have been given an extra $4.2 million dollars (on top of existing funds of $1.6 million) to increase the level of educational opportunities available to inmates, particularly to focus on employment skills.

"Not only that, I am able to add nearly a million dollars on top of the $880,000 already allocated, for Tikanga Maori programs.

"That will have a big impact on the kind of facility we can develop in the North. The facility will include a Maori focus unit, following the success of these sorts of facilities elsewhere. It will also have, amongst other things, a specialist youth unit. Security will be a priority, with a modern perimeter fence.

"I have also set aside extra funding to resource an Iwi Liaison person to continue consultation with local people. It is paramount that people from the area feel a sense of ownership and involvement when key decisions are made.

"We must work together to establish exactly what kind of facility will be built at Ngawha, and what kind of programs will be run both inside the prison and on release, perhaps in other locations across the North.

"It is important that Northland inmates are brought home to their own families. This in itself will increase our chances of cutting re-offending. Being close to family and whanau has been internationally proven to reduce re-offending.

"Most importantly we need to make sure that there are jobs in the North for people to go to after release. The concept behind this prison goes hand in hand with regional development plans for the North. I will be working closely with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development Jim Anderton on job creation in the North.

"I am well aware that for some people who live in the Ngawha area, they feel this announcement is nothing to celebrate.

"Opening a new prison may not seem like good news. Certainly it is my goal to close prisons not open them. But I'm realistic.

"First we have to turn around the appalling rates of re-offending in this country. We can do that by making our prisons work," says Matt Robson.

"I want this to mark a new era in Corrections. I don't want any more Mt. Edens. The old style prisons have not delivered safe communities. More than 60% of ex-inmates re-offend. It's time to chuck the old ideas out.

"The new era means a focus on re-habilitation, on reducing re-offending, and on providing regional facilities where local people provide solutions to local problems," says Matt Robson.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels