Rangipo Prison

Why are Corrections pandering to Maori made up protocols?

Anne Tolley needs to call in the head of Corrections for a please explain after Corrections made arrangements for a locked up criminal to view the body of his gang associated son?killed in a gang related attack in Opotiki.

Maori protocol issues have enveloped moves to take the body of a stabbing victim to a Turangi prison, so his jailed father can farewell him.

Joe Collier was stabbed in a gang-related attack in Opotiki, Bay of Plenty, on Sunday. He was to have been transported 141km from Rotorua to arrive at Rangipo Prison at 11am today.

Rangipo was in lockdown to prepare for his arrival, and the Taupo-based Tuwharetoa iwi have “expressed concern” it was not properly consulted about the body being taken on to its land.

Tuwharetoa kaumatua Tuatea Smallman told the Taupo Times this was against protocol, which dictated Tuwharetoa were meant to be told first and to organise the trip.

Smallman, who worked at the prison for 22 years, was heading there to meet officials to discuss the issue this morning. ? Read more »

Will Corrections be fined?

Just the other day Serco, the private operator of the Mt Eden Remand prison was fined $150,000 after a prisoner escaped. On Tuesday a prisoner escaped from a Correction facility in Turangi:

A daring inmate has escaped from his prison in a Department of Corrections 4WD.

Jamie Paamu Hughes, 29, escaped from Rangipo Prison near Turangi about 11.15am this morning, police said.

Hughes escaped in a white 2005 Toyota Landcruiser, registration CPU985, which had a large grey speaker mounted on the roof.

Hughes is a 160cm tall male Maori of thin build. Police said anyone who sees him should not approach him but should contact police.

If private operators get fined for escapes, what is the sanction for when prisoners escape from state run facilities.

I?have?an idea…fine the CEO of Corrections, the General Manager of the prison and the Corrections Union the $150,000. Split it evenly. Seems fair.