Story: Prisons

New Zealand prisons, March 2012

This map shows the 19 prisons operating in New Zealand in March 2012, along with their inmate capacity and security rating. At that time there were three women's prisons, and the rest were for men. In March 2012 the government announced it would close Wellington (Mt Crawford) and New Plymouth prisons along with some older units at Arohata, Rolleston, Tongariro/Rangipō and Waikeria prisons. A new privately run prison would be built at Wiri, in Auckland.

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How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Prisons - New Zealand’s prisons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/36753/new-zealand-prisons-march-2012 (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012