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Become a corrections officer today

We're looking for new team members who can help support us with our kaupapa at our two sites in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).  

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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 sites

Rimutuka Prison

Established in 1967, Rimutaka Prison is situated in Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta (Upper Hutt), north of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). It is one of New Zealand’s largest prisons housing up to 845 people from minimum to high security male prisoners and employing approximately 621 staff. In 2010, the prison opened the country’s first container cell-unit, with units built from refurbished shipping containers.

Rimutaka is a working prison and offers a wide range of offending training including carpentry, painting, motor industry, engineering, and brick and block laying. The prison has strong links to the Upper Hutt community. The prison’s Community Bike Recycling partnership with the Upper Hutt City Council sees prisoners upcycle and repair second-hand bikes to road ready standard before donating them to those who would not be able to access them in schools.

Arohata Women's Prison

Arohata Prison is situated in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) suburb of Tawa, only 16 kilometres north of the CBD.

Arohata is one of three women’s prisons in Aotearoa. The prison facility opened in 1944 as a women’s borstal until it became a youth prison in 1981. A few years later, in 1987 the site officially became a women’s prison housing up to 164 low to high security female prisoners.

Arohata prison offers a wide range of industry programmes including carpentry, grounds maintenance, laundry, light assembly, and painting.

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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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Corinne - 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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Rhiannon - 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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