Story: Prisons

Prison farm at Waikeria, 1919

Prison farm at Waikeria, 1919

Inmates work with horse teams at Waikeria Prison in 1919. Waikeria was established as a prison farm in 1911. It was aimed at prisoners who were seen as reformable. The combination of hard work, outdoor surroundings and removal from bad influences was supposed to lead men away from a life of crime and instil habits of industry in them. In 2012 Waikeria continued to operate as a prison for minimum- to high-security male prisoners.

Using this item

Department of Corrections
Reference: Greg Newbold, The problem of prisons: corrections reform in New Zealand since 1840. Wellington: Dunmore, 2007, p. 37

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Prisons - Developing a national prison system, 1880–1949', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012