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Men at Waikeria Prison learn to grow native plants to restore wetlands

29 July 2021

The team at Waikeria Prison have been growing native plants in their Horticulture Training Nursery near Te Awamutu. The horticulture space grows a range of 20 native trees, shrubs and flaxes which are used for native revegetation purposes. The men propagate the native plants by seeds and cuttings, as part of training for their primary industry qualifications. The training programme provides up to 14 learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills that will enable them to enter the horticulture industry when they leave prison.

The plants are cared for by the men, then donated to the Department of Conservation (DOC) who use them to rehabilitate grazing lands next to wetland areas. Most recently, Waikeria Prison donated 7000 native plants which were planted in the Whangamarino wetland in the Waikato by DOC staff.


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Instructors (Kaiwhakaako) work with people in prison to help them gain new skills and qualifications to improve their chances of finding real jobs when they’re released. Instructors teach both in the classroom and on the job, overseeing work and assessing skills in a professional manner.

Kaiwhakaako have the same classification as corrections officers and, as such, complete the same initial training as corrections officers. They also receive training for the teaching aspect of the role to ensure they develop the skills necessary to share their trade knowledge effectively.

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