Rack ’em and stack ’em

The Corrections Minister says he’s confident a new privately run south Auckland prison will be a success, despite concerns over the company running it.

The 960-bed men’s prison is due to open next week.

It’s costing the taxpayer the best part of $1 billion over 25-years, but the Corrections Minister isn’t paying much attention to the mistakes made by overseas company Serco, which will run and profit from it.

$40 millions a year for 25 years?

“I’m judging them on their performance in New Zealand,” says Sam Lotu-Iiga. “The evidence I’ve seen is that they’re performing exceptionally. We’ve got to judge them on their performance here.”

Serco’s track record is questionable. In the UK it was forced to pay back £ 60 million after charging the British government for services it didn’t deliver, and lost cleaning contracts in Australia for botching hospital sterilisation work.

And yet in New Zealand Serco’s done fine.   Read more »

Cui bono? Why throw Sam under the bus?

Fairfax’s intrepid reporters Andrea Vance and Deidre Mussen have been briefed by the wet faction, led by John Key, inside National against new corrections minister Sam Lotu-Iiga.

Meanwhile, Beehive sources report the office of Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga is in “meltdown”, with Police Minister Michael Woodhouse ordered to front any media interviews.

Woodhouse is on his way to Wellington for meetings with officials this afternoon.

“Sam is nowhere to be seen,” the source said.

When you see statements like this the one thing you have to ask is cui bono? Who benefits?

Sources inside parliament are suggesting that the very wet Nikki Kaye and her office are briefing against Lotu-Iiga, as well as Maggie Barry as they are both Auckland based and a threat to Nikki Kaye’s chances of moving up the cabinet ranks.   Read more »

It’s not hard labour, but it is a good start


National has announced that they will put prisoners to work.

Good stuff, it’s not hard labour but it’s a good start.

I attended a secondary school where the playing fields were carved out of rock by prison labour. I can’t see the problem, it worked in the past time to bring it back.

All of New Zealand’s state-run jails will be made into “working prisons” by 2017 if National is re-elected, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley announced this afternoon.

Mrs Tolley also unveiled plans to introduce drug addiction treatment for ex-prisoners during a visit to Wiri Prison in South Auckland with Prime Minister John Key.   Read more »

“That is a big allegation to make” – Drinnan

On a Friday afternoon before a long holiday weekend, the media columnist at the NZ Herald, John Drinnan, published a piece stating around a dozen people at Radio New Zealand are losing their job.

Instead of reporting on something that was already known by those people losing their jobs, they read about it in the paper.

That’s a pretty tough way to discover you’re not going to enjoy your long weekend.

None of these people were named by Drinnan, so the next problem is that a fair proportion of Radio New Zealand staff were heading into a stressful three days instead of a relaxing break.

That was, until the NZ Herald published a retraction.

An opinion column by media columnist John Drinnan earlier today indicated that jobs cuts were imminent at Radio New Zealand following a board meeting yesterday. The RNZ board has since confirmed this is not correct. The Herald regrets the error and any distress it may have caused RNZ staff.

At this point, Duncan Garner chimed in via Twitter mocking Drinnan for his “apology”.  Drinnan replied with words to the effect that a correction was made and no apology was needed.

We have the paper correcting something, but the journalist is not prepared to say sorry for ruining the weekend of quite a number of people.  Not just 12-15, but everyone at Radio New Zealand that are now feeling pretty insecure about life.

Over at Throng, New Zealand’s leading media commentating web site, Regan Cunliffe put Drinnan’s feet to the fire with an article titled What else does John Drinnan make up?   Read more »

Would you eat the soup?


David Fisher is having to pull Easter Duty as part of his own rehabilitation, and is digging deep into the foibles of … catering.

Female inmates will be cooking food and serving staff at New Zealand’s busiest court in a plan being worked on by justice and prison bosses.

The prisoners, from Auckland Women’s Prison, would be paid 20c to 60c an hour to work in the Auckland District Court canteen. Read more »

Dodgy union thug exploits members’ subs

Beven Hanlon union thug

Corrections union workers have been jamming the tip-line, upset with the nasty behaviour of their President and out of control Labour-list wannabe Beven Hanlon.

First there were his lies to media, then sunlight on his social media postings, followed by revelations of a completely inappropriate relationship with a Corrections HR staffer.

Now for the next shocking installment, and yet another splash of Whaleoil disinfectant.   Read more »

Beven Hanlon, Union Thug, Busted

My revelations about the lies and inapproriate behaviour of self-confessed “union thug” Beven Hanlon, head of the Corrections union, have led to some of his colleagues telling me some very interesting tales about this low-life. They are really pissed off with this chump.

They are also unimpressed by the wannabe Labour candidate ambitions of this “thug”.

So they are talking to me. They say Beven thinks he is untouchable.

For example, it has come to light, and been confirmed by his employers, that the CANZ union used the in-house Corrections email system to distribute literature attacking asset sales to public servants.

From Corrections:

“In September 2012 an email was circulated by a CANZ official to a number of Corrections staff regarding the citizens’ initiated referendum on asset sales. This was an inappropriate use of Department resources and as such a message was sent from Ray Smith to all staff to reinforce their responsibility to undertake all work in a politically neutral manner.”

So I asked if this was acceptable?

“No it wasn’t. The Department’s staff have an obligation to undertake their work in a politically neutral way. The Department Code of Conduct states that employees must be politically neutral in their work and able to “serve the current and future Governments of New Zealand to uphold and implement Corrections and Government policy.”


“This gave rise to an extended interaction with CANZ over acceptable use of the Department’s email system, including mediation under the auspices of the Employment Relations Service. A subsequent review of the Department’s standards for email access has restricted the use of group emails generally, and CANZ are no longer permitted to send group emails directly to Corrections staff.”

So Beven’s union has been banned from using internal systems. About time too.

If Beven wants to stand for Labour then he can resign his post as a Corrections officer.

But not before I reveal more about this charmer.

You see, Beven the thug has been getting sloppy.

Cry babies of the week: Maximum security inmates

Kirsty Johnston has a winner on her hands when reporting on this one

Child-sex offenders are eating steak and enjoying picnics, sunbathing and playing tennis at Auckland Prison, say jealous maximum security inmates.

Corrections has confirmed residents of Te Piriti, the therapeutic unit for paedophiles, were treated to a BBQ with their families and friends last November as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The event was to assist with building social relationships and help the men’s reintegration, the department said.

Te Piriti is one of the country’s two specialist child-sex offender units, which aim to reduce re-offending. Inmates who complete the programme are around four times less likely to offend again.

However, an inmate in the notorious D Block maximum-security wing said the favourable treatment of the paedophiles – who were already unpopular with the general inmate population – had caused anger. “Since Corrections removed the vegetation around their compound, D Block prisoners have had a good view of it,” he said in an email.

D block prisoners don’t like to see paedos have a good time.   Boo  hoo.   Read more »


Apparently the new thing for prisons is to remove the concept of punishment.


The NZ Herald reports:

Inmates moving through the country’s new $300 million prison will be able to track their path to freedom.

As they get closer to the main gatehouse, they are nearing their release date.

The jail, which covers 17ha at Wiri in the southwest of Auckland, is laid out according to the prisoner’s journey.

Factors deciding where they are on the site include the seriousness of offending, length of sentence, level of risk and behaviour within the walls.

“The design mirrors your own personal journey,” says John Holyoake, transition director from private British-owned corrections operator Serco New Zealand.

“So the highest level of security is farthermost from the exit. The concept of punishment has been removed. Instead, this is about rehabilitation and reintegration.”   Read more »

An impertinent question

via The Provence

via The Provence

Will  David  Cunliffe, after  visiting  a  corrections  unit as  part  of  his  ‘job’  put  on  his  CV

‘Spent  time  in  prison’?