Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Agencies recognised for finding jobs for offenders

Corrections, Police, Work and Income recognised for finding jobs for offenders

Resource information

Published: 1 day ago

Last updated: 21 February 2014; 1 hour ago


State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today recognised the Department of Corrections, NZ Police and Work and Income of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) for a collaborative programme that is helping offenders find jobs.

“This is another fine example of better public services in action where you have government departments working together across agency boundaries to make a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders,” Mr Rennie said.

“Such collaboration becomes even more meaningful as it also addresses the problem of re-offending because people who are employed are less likely to re-offend,” the State Services Commissioner said.

In Tokoroa, collaboration between Corrections and a work broker from Work and Income has led to eight offenders being placed in work while six offenders found jobs in Tauranga under the new pilot programme.

The State Services Commissioner also expressed appreciation to the employers who were willing to give offenders a second chance. “I am grateful to the employers who are working with the public sector to give offenders a second lease on life,” Mr Rennie said.

“We know that people in regular employment are less likely to re-offend but for many offenders it can be immensely difficult to find work. Having a work broker able to assist them in this challenge makes it easier for people to make positive life changes,” said Kim Smith, Acting Principal Advisor – Employment Development at the Department of Corrections.

Under what is called the Joining Forces programme, Police and Corrections are sharing expertise and resources in ways that help them operate more effectively. To do this, the two agencies are identifying opportunities to do some things differently and encouraging both small and large initiatives.

"We are giving our full support to this collaboration as it fits fairly and squarely within our drive to prevent crime,” said Inspector Steve Bullock, Area Commander for Taupo Police.

The agencies are also working together to identify appropriate training or employment opportunities for young offenders.

ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations

As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.

Unfortunately, it is also a forerunner of the kind of “ debate” we can expect during the upcoming review of the security agency powers, in June. It is a situation where the government (a) stonewalls, (b) baldly asserts that mass surveillance is not occurring despite the Snowden evidence that it is, and (c) claims that the GCSB actions were lawful.

Yet as Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman says, this can be true only if the legislation passed last year by the Key government has made the mass surveillance of New Zealanders – and the related handing over of their private data to the NSA – lawful. More>>

Latest:

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Women's Day, March 8: It’s Time For Men To Step Up For Gender Equality

UN Women is launching the HeForShe campaign in New Zealand at the International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast, and is calling on New Zealand men — including politicians and community and sports leaders — to show their commitment to gender equality by signing up to this global campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Teina Pora Wins Appeal: Gordon Campbell On The Privy Council Decision

The quashing of the convictions of Teina Pora for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett in 1992 has shone a spotlight once again on a major gap in the New Zealand justice system... More>>

ALSO:

Urgent Bill Planned: MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news