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

 


Prisoners Involvement in Rebuild Has Merit

Asenati Lole-Taylor

New Zealand First Spokesperson for

Corrections
July 25, 2014

Prisoners Involvement in Rebuild Has Merit

New Zealand First says the opportunity for prisoners to be involved in rebuilding earthquake damaged Christchurch houses is a small step in the right direction – but it has taken too long to get started.

“I would like to congratulate the Department of Corrections and Housing New Zealand staff for their work in getting the project under way,” says Spokesperson for Corrections Asenati Lole-Taylor. “Unfortunately, it is well over three years since the big earthquake in Christchurch.”

The project will focus on Red-Zoned houses being repaired by prisoners and community offenders at the Rolleston Prison Constructions Yard over the next five years.

“New Zealand First has been calling for a greater focus on rehabilitation for years. By working on Housing New Zealand damaged homes prisoners have a chance to learn valuable skills which will help them transition back into the community, and through the work they are putting something back into the community.

“New Zealand First believes this approach should be extended to other prisons, such as the Spring Hill Corrections Facility and Northland Region Corrections Facility.

“However, there should be caution when funding projects like this in privately run prisons.

“Having prisoners help out with community projects is a win-win situation for everyone concerned – the Corrections Department, Housing New Zealand, the prisoners, community organisations and the wider public,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news