Manawatu Prison inspection report 2019

The Office of the Inspectorate Te Tari Tirohia is a critical part of the independent oversight of the Corrections system, and operates under the Corrections Act 2004 and the Corrections Regulations 2005. The Inspectorate, while part of the Department of Corrections, is operationally independent, which is necessary to ensure objectivity and integrity.

This report follows an unannounced follow-up inspection at Manawatu Prison. It was the Inspectorate’s first unannounced inspection, after a programme of scheduled inspections of all 18 New Zealand prisons that began in March 2017. These inspection reports are being progressively published on the Inspectorate website and are made available to prisoners in prison libraries. The inspection reports contain findings rather than recommendations. This means that concerns are identified and the onus is on the Department and the prison to come up with solutions.