Don’t build that private prison….oh, wait a minute!

The left were dead against the new private prison at Wiri.

But now they are facing the facts:

Manurewa politicians have dropped their campaign against the new Wiri prison and are now trying to get as many jobs out of it as possible for unemployed South Aucklanders.

The construction of the new $270 million jail is now well under way, with 300 to 350 people working daily on the site which is next to the existing women’s prison west of Roscommon Rd. 

On top of that good news;

  • 42 per cent of the 1400 contractors and workers who have been inducted on to the site so far live within a 10km radius, covering most of South Auckland from Otahuhu to Papakura.
  • Subcontracts worth $35.7 million had been let so far to firms within the 10km radius
  • And the consortium hoped to recruit about 100 experienced prison guards and about 50 new recruits who would be trained from February 2015, as well as about 110 administrative staff and specialists such as doctors and nurses.


Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton and deputy chairman Michael Bailey said yesterday that they opposed building the prison in the area, but now that it was under way they wanted to maximise the gains for local workers and businesses.

I’ll bet they do. Funny how how things change.


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  • MarkF

    I always thought it funny that there was so much opposition to prisons in Kiwiland. In the good old US of A, communities (towns and cities) prostitute themselves unbelievably to secure a State or Federal Penitentiary in the borough as the amount of employment brought to the area is always worth fighting for.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    And they have the audacity to say that the Nats are always flip flopping. They have very short memories. It shouldn’t matter whether its a private prison or not, a job is a job.

  • Shoreboy57

    Solution to regional jobs?. More prisons in Far North / East Coast etc

    • DLNZ

      Build one up north. Hone will be able to cut down on his travel expenditure due to the reduced distance to visit friends and family.

      • Chiefsfan73

        I notice he has cost us $45k in the first quarter of the year.

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          All constituency work mate, constituency work….move on will you?

  • JeffDaRef

    I’m also sure they’ve already volunteered to cut the ribbon and wax lyrical about how their strong community leadership delivered this initiative…

    • Hazards001

      Yep, if there’s one thing the self important nimby fuckwits that dominate local boards are immune to it is the stench of their own bullshit as it wafts by on the breeze of their own hypocrisy.

  • Angela Dalton

    My mandate, since Corrections first visit to the previous Manurewa Community Board in 2009, has always been to leverage off the prison in terms of employment, contracts and procurement. I am intrigued as to how I have been assigned to the political left in this post by the writer of whom I have never met let alone spoken with about my political beliefs nor my position on the prison.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Put them as the first guests of this prison….they will be very happy……

  • AngryTory

    And all completely non-union…

    on time & under budget.