Last week was Cook Islands Language Week, and Corrections staff across the country were transported from the cold New Zealand winter to the tropical Cook Islands for the week! Cook Islands Language Week is all about celebrating the rich language, culture and traditions of the Cook Islands, and staff did just that.
They took part in a variety of activities to celebrate, including sharing kai, decorating their offices, Cook Island quizzes and making ei katu (head garlands). The team at Christchurch Women’s Prison were even treated to a performance of traditional dancing by a colleague’s daughter!
Check out the photos below to see what staff from Christchurch Women’s Prison, Waitakere Ratanui Street Community Corrections, Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility, North Shore Community Corrections and Waitakere Railside Avenue Community Corrections got up to during Cook Islands Language Week.
Men in the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison knitting beanies
Men in the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison knitting groups have been hard at work, knitting nearly 150 beanies in the last year. Some beanies are sent out to whānau, but the majority are donated to help support people in need.
First offender employment whānau open day
The first Offender Employment Open Day for whānau at Christchurch Men’s Prison provided an opportunity for men to reconnect with whānau through showcasing their achievements.