Arohata Prison

Arohata Prison is a women's prison in the Wellington suburb of Tawa.

Contact details

Phone: (04) 231 3000

Postal address:
Private Bag 51901
Tawa
Wellington 5249

Physical address:
1 Main Rd
Tawa
Wellington 5028

General information

Prisoner capacity: 88
Security classification: Minimum to high security women
Year established: 1944

Offender employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen  14 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering
operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 16 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoner’s process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
Asset
Maintenance
4 Asset Maintenance work parties clean, maintain, and paint Corrections buildings and facilities. Prisoners wash down, prepare, and paint corrections buildings exterior and interior including working at heights. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Painting Level 3, transitioning to the National Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 in June 2014.
Grounds
Maintenance
16 Grounds Maintenance work parties maintain and beautify Corrections land assets through cleaning, mowing, trimming, planting and maintaining gardens. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 (and above).
Textiles 14 The Textiles workshop constructs a range of textile based products under contract and for the Corrections environment including specialised bedding and manchester appropriate to the Corrections environment. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of commercial sewing and textiles manufacturing tasks. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Textiles Manufacture Level 2.