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


Saili Matagi programme launched at Springhill Prison

Saili Matagi programme launched at Springhill Prison

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, spoke to a group of Pacific prisoners and their families today at the launch of a violence prevention programme at Spring Hill Correction facility.

“Saili Matagi” is a group-based 20 week programme delivered in the Pacific focus unit for male prisoners who are serving a sentence for violent offences. It teaches a range of skills so that participants can change their attitudes and behaviours and reduce the likelihood of them re-offending. It involves family and community groups taking part in the participants’ rehabilitation and reintegration.

“Saili Matagi means search the wind. For many of the prisoners the wind of life has taken them in a bad direction. The Pacific-focused programme has been designed to help these men get on a better path in life. It provides them with the tools they need when faced with challenges such as reoffending,” said Mr Lotu-liga.

Pacific Island people are over-represented in the New Zealand Corrections system. While they make up 7.4 per cent of the general population, they comprise 11 per cent of individuals in prison (New Zealand Department of Corrections 2005).

“Research has shown that support for prisoners from their own communities greatly assists their reintegration when they are released from prison. A big component of the program is getting family involved.”

“My Dad was my first mentor and taught me about the importance of loyalty and service to my family and community. He also taught me the value of honesty, diligence and sacrifice. I understand the Saili Matagi program will help to instil those values in the prisoners who participate.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news