Join our Spring Hill whānau

Become a corrections officer today

We're looking for new team members who can help support us with our kaupapa at our Spring Hill site.   

Nestled in farm like surroundings and just 40 minutes from South Auckland beat the traffic and make your move.

Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi

There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people

Corrections officers in yard

About the role

Ngā Kawenga | The Role

Corrections Officer, He Āpiha Whare Herehere

By being great role models and looking for opportunities to engage in a positive way, corrections officers have the opportunity to change the lives of people in prison and their whānau.

On a daily basis, a corrections officer will:

  • ĀRAHI - supervise people’s daily routines
  • MANAAKI - help people engage in their rehabilitation programme and attend appointments or tangihanga.
  • WHAKAKIPAKIPA - motivate and inspire people to make positive changes
  • HĀPAI - monitor and manage health, safety and behaviours
  • MAHITAHI - work closely with whānau and other key stakeholders
  • MAHI - work 8, 10 or 12-hour rostered shifts.

Pūkenga | Skills we look for

We are looking for people who:

  • have the ability to engage with all cultures
  • understand the importance of tikanga and te reo Māori within our unique settings
  • have the ability to solve problems and work collaboratively
  • are fresh critical thinkers, using curiosity and imagination to generate new ideas
  • inspire others with enthusiasm and a take-action approach
  • are passionate about supporting people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing
  • are competent using online technology
  • have excellent spoken and written communication skills.

Corrections officers come from a 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!

‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari, he toa takitini, takimano kē’

‘My strength is not that of my own but that of many.'

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About Spring Hill

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

Located nearby to the Hampton Downs Race Track, Spring Hill prison is nestled in farm like surroundings within an easy commute from South Auckland and Kirikiriroa (Hamilton).

As a working prison, Spring Hill offers a wide range of Industry programmes including Building, Painting, Plumbing, Engineering, Catering and more.  They currently refurbish and build houses under contract to Housing New Zealand.

Built in 2007, Spring Hill is one of the more modern Corrections Facilities and houses medium to high security male prisoners.

 

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Meet Rhys

Meet Rhys

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 at Spring Hill Corrections Facility.

Two-and-a-half years later, Rhys hasn’t looked back. He’s still loving the job, and displays the empathy, integrity and strong interpersonal skills needed to be a great corrections officer.

“The job can be challenging, but it’s your ability to effectively communicate and relate to people that makes a big difference.”

Rhys says prison isn’t anything like what you see on TV. There’s a big focus on rehabilitation and reintegration, and helping people to change their lives for the better.

“People in prison participate in rehabilitation programmes, education and employment. As a corrections officer, you play a big part in motivating and supporting them through their interventions.”

“Yes, people are in prison for a reason, but it’s not our job to judge them. It’s our job to influence and support them to make positive changes in their lives.”

For two years, Rhys worked in Spring Hill Corrections Facility’s Pacific Focus Unit, Vaka Fa’aola. It was an experience that has helped him grow both personally and professionally.

“I come from a completely different cultural background, so being a part of, and learning about, the beliefs, traditions and practices of Pacific cultures was really special.”

“The men in Vaka Fa’aola taught me so much, and they appreciated me taking the time to learn and understand their culture – it definitely helped with building rapport and trust.”

Rhys now works in the Site Emergency Response Team (SERT). SERT is a team of specially trained officers who work collaboratively with other prison staff to respond to incidents and emergency events, and help prevent contraband entering prison sites.

“Our focus is safety - keeping staff, visitors and people in prison safe.”

“Being part of SERT is a great opportunity. It’s allowed me to train and develop skills in another area of the prison, and it’s an awesome team of people to work with.”

“Being a corrections officer definitely challenges you. You’re not restricted to one area – there are so many opportunities and different things you can do within the role.”

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