Department Of Corrections - Latest News [Page 1]

Final Decision to Restructure Prisons

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 1:20 pm | Department Of Corrections

In April I announced a proposal to reshape some parts of our prisons and regional offices to lift productivity and performance. More >>

Helping Women to Be Their Best

Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 1:33 pm | Department Of Corrections

In a first for New Zealand, eight women offenders have graduated from a YWCA Whanganui personal development and life skills programme. The “Be Your Best” pilot programme was run over eight weeks at the YWCA in Whanganui and was attended by women on community-based ... More >>

Dog Squad Stars Are Corrections’ Top Dogs

Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:17 pm | Department Of Corrections

Stars of TV programme Dog Squad will represent the Department of Corrections in the narcotics section of the national police dog championships in Trentham next month. Jesse and her handler Karina who feature in TVNZ’s Dog Squad programme are one ... More >>

Proposal to Restructure Prisons

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 2:31 pm | Department Of Corrections

Department of Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has today proposed that over the next year parts of three prisons will close. More >>

Stewart Murray Wilson Released

Monday, 30 March 2015, 2:44 pm | Department Of Corrections

Stewart Murray Wilson was released back into the community today after receiving parole in December. More >>

Christmas Day in Prison

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 12:54 pm | Department Of Corrections

Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day. More >>

Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 9:42 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has made public a summary of the findings of the review into the illegal departure from New Zealand of prisoner Phillip Smith during a temporary release. More >>

Changes to Temporary Releases

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 5:19 pm | Department Of Corrections

“Temporary releases from prison of prisoners will be suspended, for at least the next fortnight,” says Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith. More >>

Corrections Employer of the Year Announced

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 10:51 am | Department Of Corrections

Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has recognised the contribution of Pink Bins, an Auckland based recycling firm, in helping to reduce re-offending and making our communities safer. More >>

Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone

Monday, 20 October 2014, 2:35 pm | Department Of Corrections

Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders. More >>

Woollen Wonders Benefit Hawke’s Bay Community

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 1:14 pm | Department Of Corrections

Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison volunteer Coralie Curtis didn’t think prisoners would stick with knitting, however more than a year after showing them how to cast on, she’s pleased she’s been proved wrong. More >>

Offenders Get Road Safety Message

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 4:15 pm | Department Of Corrections

Wellington Community Corrections partnered with emergency services, government agencies, organisations and Kapiti Coast District Council to deliver an innovative road safety programme to 70 community-based offenders at Southwards Car Museum on Tuesday 16 ... More >>

Whanganui Prison supports Turakina Primary School Fundraiser

Monday, 11 August 2014, 2:54 pm | Department Of Corrections

Seventeen artworks from prisoners in Whanganui Prison have been donated to the Amazing Turakina Art Expo auction . Artwork can be viewed online ahead of the auction that will be held on Saturday 6 September at the school. More >>

Taranaki Offenders Get Road Safety Message

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 2:22 pm | Department Of Corrections

Whanganui/Taranaki Community Corrections partnered with emergency services, road safety agencies and a funeral director to deliver an innovative road safety programme to 60 community-based offenders at Bell Block in New Plymouth on Saturday 21 June. More >>

Hawke’s Bay Prisoner Artworks to Benefit Victim Support

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 10:18 am | Department Of Corrections

Sales of prisoner artwork currently on show in Hasting’s Toimairangi Art Gallery will raise funds for Victim Support. The exhibition Tauparapara (Settling of the Dust) features artwork from 20 prisoners in Hawkes Bay Regional Prison who contributed ... More >>

Corrections recognises work of volunteers

Monday, 16 June 2014, 3:34 pm | Department Of Corrections

Each year volunteers make thousands of visits to New Zealand’s prisons to work with prisoners, which supports Corrections’ aim of reducing re-offending and keeping our communities safe when prisoners transition back into society. More >>

Prisoner Artworks to Benefit Restorative Justice Trust

Monday, 9 June 2014, 11:32 am | Department Of Corrections

Sales of prisoner artwork currently on show in Whanganui’s Davis Central City Library will raise funds for the Whanganui Restorative Justice Trust. The exhibition, themed Aotearoa – Our Land, Our People, features artwork from 13 prisoners from ... More >>

Inquiry Finds Prison Riot Well Managed

Thursday, 29 May 2014, 10:47 am | Department Of Corrections

Inquiry Finds Prison Riot Well Managed The official inquiry into last year’s prisoner riot at Spring Hill Corrections Facility found Corrections’ response was extremely well managed. The inquiry looked into the circumstances and causes of the riot, which ... More >>

Levin Offenders Gain NZQA Qualifications

Monday, 19 May 2014, 3:36 pm | Department Of Corrections

Levin Offenders Gain NZQA Qualifications Six community-based offenders in Levin now have NZQA qualifications thanks to an initiative that saw them learning while completing community work. The offenders completed unit standards over a six week period that ... More >>

Nick And Ben: a Sniffing Success

Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 3:16 pm | Department Of Corrections

Nick Rongokea and Ben Manawatu Prison Dog Handler Nick Rongokea and his springer spaniel Ben are one of two teams representing Corrections at the National Police Dog Championships in Trentham next week. The duo recently claimed the top spot in ... More >>



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