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Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says a series of career expos held in prisons this year will assist prisoners into employment, decrease their likelihood of re-offending and help keep our communities safe.

Corrections have launched the Patron Programme to support and mentor new recruits with Rugby league legend Sir Graham Lowe the first patron for a graduating cohort, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Today’s announcement is part of this Government’s commitment to tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand and to taking mental health seriously.

The Wellbeing Budget shows the Government’s commitment to doing things differently to break the cycle of offending and keep communities safe, with a $128.3 million boost in mental health and addiction services for offenders, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said today.

The Wellbeing Budget focuses on ways to give Māori and Pacific peoples more scope to lift their own wellbeing. When Māori and Pacific peoples set their own wellbeing goals and aspirations and when we as a Government use our ability to change the system and help Māori and Pacific peoples achieve those aspirations – equality can start to be a reality.

Budget 2019 delivers on many of the recommendations contained in the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, He Ara Oranga. The Inquiry revealed that a new approach to mental health and addiction is needed in New Zealand which the Government is starting to deliver.

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence and better supporting survivors is a major feature of the Wellbeing Budget, with the Government delivering the largest ever investment in family and sexual violence and support services.

The Government has today announced it is taking action on the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending rates and delivering on its target to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent, with the creation of a new Māori Pathway at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison and Northland Region Corrections Facility.

A pilot will see release to work prisoners training and working in the forestry sector as part of the One Billion Trees Programme, Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

Corrections is doing what works with rehabilitation, giving people the support they need to come out of prison less likely to re-offend, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said at the Otago Corrections Facility (OCF) Employers Open Day today.

The graduation of 61 new Corrections Officers today caps off a strong year for the Department, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said.

Corrections’ detector dogs are the first in New Zealand to be trained in sniffing out synthetic cannabis and other new psychoactive substances, playing a crucial role in keeping prisons safe, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says Corrections’ partnerships with employers have helped place over 1500 offenders into work as part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring offenders safely transition back into their communities and don’t re-offend.

“We can’t keep judging someone by the worst mistake they’ve ever made - or there would be a hell of a lot more of us inside.”

Good morning everyone and thank you all for the warm welcome.

“I had never been hit or abused, until the day the men came to take me away.  I still don’t even know why.”

That’s how Sam began to tell me his story at a marae in Whangarei.

The decision on the rebuild of Waikeria Prison was made by Cabinet based on the 2017 Justice Sector Projections, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said today.

A new National Learning Centre opened this morning will ensure new recruits and existing staff receive the highest possible standard of training to keep them and the public safe, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says.

Today I am announcing that we will build a world-leading 500 bed facility here at Waikeria alongside a 100 bed mental health unit that is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The Government will build a world-leading high security replacement prison at Waikeria, setting a new direction for Corrections in New Zealand while ditching the American-style mega prison planned by the previous National Government, Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis announced today.

Schemes to help young ex-offenders get driver’s licences and help inmates develop Mānuka and Kānuka products will be supported by the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced in Kerikeri today.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has today welcomed 40 new Corrections Officers to the frontline.

Creating a more efficient justice system, investing in community housing, and additional funding to safely manage offenders on community-based sentences are important first steps in reducing New Zealand’s prison population, says Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has congratulated 11 young offenders for achieving The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award - including the first prisoner in New Zealand to ever achieve the Gold Award.