Join our Otago whānau

Become a corrections officer today

We're looking for new team members who can help support us with our kaupapa at our Otakou (Otago) site.

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About the role

Corrections officers (Āpiha Whare Herehere) spend much of their time working in their unit with offenders and can have a huge impact on influencing change through their day to day interaction.

Working rostered shifts (across a 24/7 pattern including weekends and public holidays), corrections officers work in a variety of areas within the prison and carry out the daily routines relevant to the unit they are in. They lock and unlock offenders, escort them to work training, education programmes, the health centre and outside the prison to court.

Skills we look for

 We are looking for people who:

  • are good at communicating with a range of people, including offenders and their whānau
  • are positive roles models & interested in helping others
  • have personal leadership skills
  • are critical thinkers
  • have high integrity and are able to work well under pressure
  • are team players, dependable and honest
  • are observant, alert and accurate.

Āpiha Whare Herehere come from a wide variety of backgrounds; from trades and farming to office jobs, retail, teaching and social agencies – so your experience could be just what we are looking for!

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About our site

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Otago Corrections Facility (OCF) is situated near Milburn in South Otago, only 50km South of Ōtepoti (Dunedin).

Opened in 2007, Otago Corrections Facility is one of five prisons in the Southern Region. The prison facility is set in the Otakou (Otago) countryside, surrounded by a prison-run farm.

Internally, the prison has a ‘campus style’ design with modern residential units accommodating up to 600 low to high-security male prisoners, and employing approximately 310 staff.

OCF is a working prison with all eligible prisoners engaged in a ‘typical’ 40-hour working week. In addition to its rehabilitation, cultural, education and reintegrative programmes, the prison prides itself on the quality of its Industry and Skills Training; offering prisoners opportunities to gain experience and qualifications in food preparation, laundry and grounds maintenance, dairy and farm engineering, carpentry/joinery, painting and horticulture. The prison has close partnerships with local businesses, social service organisations and iwi/hapū. Staff are committed to enhancing the manaaki of those in our care, enabling the men to connect with their culture, whānau and engage in wairua enhancing activities.

For staff and their families new to Otago, the District is renowned for its quality of life and friendly people. OCF staff are a close, supportive team who mostly live in nearby Milton, its surrounding small towns or Dunedin city.

The area boasts excellent schools and one of New Zealand’s top Universities, Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo (Otago University). There are plenty of mountains, forests and lakes in the area for those who enjoy outdoor activities.


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Meet our people

We have a diverse range of careers - from officers to educators, psychologists to nurses, IT professionals to project specialists. 

Read stories from some of our team about their mahi and what drives them.

Rhys - Corrections Officer

After working in cash transit security, Rhys was looking for a change. A friend encouraged him to apply for a role as a corrections officer.

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Thamin - Corrections Officer

As-Salaam-Alaikum, everyone. My name is Tahmin Islam and I am a Corrections Officer. I joined Ara Poutama Aotearoa at the beginning of 2020.

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Corrine - Residential Manager

Talofa lava everyone, my name is Corinne Ola and I am a Residential Manager overseeing three low-security units.

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Rihanoon - Senior Corrections Officer

Working as a tutor at an education provider, Rhiannon supported young people to improve their education, training and employment prospects. This gave her a good grounding and the skills needed for her role.

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