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Become a corrections officer today

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi’

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

Waikeria Prison is going through a transformational change, and we’re looking for committed people to be part of our future.

A new 500-bed facility, with an additional 100-beds in Hikitia, a dedicated mental health and addiction service, is currently under construction.

The new development is another a step forward to realising our organisational strategy Hōkai Rangi. It represents a significant investment in strengthening mental health services and providing more rehabilitation, education and training space and opportunities for people in prison.

The new facility will feature more spaces for whānau interaction than seen in any of our prisons to date. 

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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 Waikeria

Waikeria Prison

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

Waikeria Prison is set on a 1200-hectare site, 16 kilometres south of Te Awamutu in the Waikato. 

Nestled in farm like surroundings, Waikeria Prison currently accommodates up to 460 male prisoners.

Operating as a working prison, Waikeria offers a range of industry training programmes, including farming, horticulture, catering and distribution.

An easy commute from Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), with on site parking for staff.

For more information about the new build, check out the Waikeria Prison Development page.


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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.

Meet Jeremy – Senior Corrections Officer, Waikeria

After 28 years living abroad, Jeremy returned to New Zealand and joined Ara Poutama Aotearoa as a corrections officer.

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