Who we are

The Inspectorate is headed by a Chief Inspector and has a team of inspectors who carry out investigations and inspections.

  • Chief Inspector Janis Adair

  • Chief Inspector Janis Adair

    Janis worked as a nurse in the Army Medical Services and then became a Police detective in the United Kingdom moving to New Zealand in 2004. She has worked for the Commerce Commission, the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the Office of the Ombudsman. Janis returned to the United Kingdom in 2014,  where she worked at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  In July 2017, Janis was appointed as Chief Inspector and led the enhancement of the Office of the Inspectorate.

  • Principal Inspector Andy Fitzharris

  • Principal Inspector Andy Fitzharris

    Andy started at the Justice Department as a 17-year-old prison officer cadet. He worked his way up the prison hierarchy, ending up as a prison manager before becoming an Inspector. He was Chief Inspector from 2010 to 2017, then he became Principal Inspector overseeing the team of inspectors who investigate complaints and deaths in custody. He is currently seconded to lead the Early Resolution Team, which responds to and resolves lower level issues and complaints.

  • Principal Inspector Rebecca Gormley

    Rebecca has worked in the criminal justice sector since the early 2000s in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Re-joining the Department of Corrections in 2015, Rebecca is an experienced team leader and has specialist knowledge in the areas of service design, offender management and rehabilitation, restorative justice and international human rights. Rebecca joined the Inspectorate in 2019 and leads the Inspections team.

  • Principal Clinical Inspector Fiona Irving

  • Principal Clinical Inspector Fiona Irving

    Fiona had an extensive history working as a Registered Nurse in Primary Care before joining Corrections as a prison nurse.  Her experience since being with Corrections extends to being manager of a large prison health service, clinical quality assurance roles and regional clinical director based with the regional Practice Delivery Team.  In 2017 Fiona started to provide clinical support and advice to the Inspectorate and secured her permanent position of Principal Clinical Inspector in June 2019.

  • Principal Inspector Tracey Tapa

  • Principal Inspector Early Resolution Tracey Tapa

    Tracey started at Corrections in 2003 as a probation officer, following a career with the Blind Foundation teaching mobility, daily living skills and braille. She has worked in a variety of positions within the Department, including senior probation officer, service manager and senior advisor to the Chief Probation Officer. She later led the electronic monitoring assurance team, before being appointed an Inspector of Corrections in 2017. In mid-2020, she was seconded to lead the Early Resolution Team, which responds to and resolves lower level issues and complaints. She is now working on the inquiry into the Waikeria Prison riot.

  • Principal Inspector, Rochelle Halligan

  • Acting Principal Inspector Rochelle Halligan

    Rochelle started working in Corrections in 2005. She has held several positions within the Department in a custodial setting, including being a corrections officer and drug tester at Waikeria Prison. In 2009 Rochelle relocated to Christchurch where she was the Canterbury Prosecutor before moving into Quality and Business Improvement and then Operational Performance.  She was the Principal Advisor Rehabilitation and Learning prior to being appointed as an Inspector in 2017.  Rochelle was seconded to the Principal Inspector role in January 2021, overseeing a team of inspectors who investigate complaints, deaths in custody and special investigations.