Source: Housing New Zealand Corporation
Up to100 new and refurbished Housing New Zealand homes are expected to be delivered by prisoners – helping them to learn valuable trade and construction skills.
This is part of a five-year extension to the agreement recently signed by Department of Corrections Deputy Chief Executive, Jeremy Lightfoot and Housing New Zealand General Manager Strategy, Gareth Stiven.
The refurbishment programme will see supervised prisoners taking up a trade to help build new homes and restore and rebuild older Housing New Zealand homes providing modern, warm, dry and healthy homes for state housing tenants and their whānau.
The programme helps prisoners to gain formal qualifications, and potentially helps them into construction-related employment on release.
It will also reduce re-offending rates and improve the behaviour of prisoners, including those who are not on the programme.