Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility

Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility (ARWCF) is in Manukau, south of Auckland. It was the first purpose-built women's prison in the North Island.

Contact details

Phone: (09) 250 9400

Postal address:
Private Bag 76908
South Auckland Mail Centre
Manukau 2240

Physical address:
20 Hautu Dr
Wiri
Manukau City 2104

General information

Prisoner capacity: 462
Security classification: Minimum to maximum security women
Year established: 2006

Offender training

Description
Activity Capacity
Small Motors Training Workshop 12

The workshop based Automotive training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects needed to enter employment in garages and the automotive industry. Prisoners work with project vehicles to demonstrate their skills.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Small Motors) Level 2
Engineering Training 12

The Engineering Training workshop provides an intensive introductory course in Mechanical Engineering trades to prepare learners for employment in engineering both in the real world or in the adjacent Engineering Employment activity and as an engineer in the Concrete Workshop.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Basic Engineering Trade Skills Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2
Horticulture Training Nursery 10

The Horticulture Training Nursery provides an intensive training programme to prepare learners for employment in production horticulture.

  • Provides a pathway into: Horticulture and Nurseries Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3
Hospitality Training Course 12

The Hospitality training course is embedded within the Commercial Kitchen and prepares learners for a range of roles supporting employment in commercial catering. Learners develop their
knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for Commercial Catering and hospitality.

  • Provides a pathway into: Kitchens and Catering

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Hospitality Level 2
Barista Training
Course
12

The Barista training course is a specialist skillset of the Hospitality Training Course and provides learners in the skills and knowledge needed to be a barista.

  • Provides a pathway into: Catering and Cafe Employment

Currently delivering:

  • Hospitality: Certificate of Achievement in Barista Level 2

Offender Employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen 50

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.

Catering/
Barista/ Cafe
8 ARWCF provides a catering cafeteria to support the adjacent Wiri construction project, with plans to expand the activity to include a semi commercial cafe for ARWCF staff.
Laundry 8 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoners 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 10

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
36 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).
Distribution
Centre
25 The Distribution Centre is a warehouse and distribution operation providing prisoners with a range of approved items for prisoner purchase. The Distribution centre operates like a commercial activity and provides prisoners with experience in a range of retail, warehousing, and distribution roles including operating commercial systems and forklifts. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Distribution Level 2 and 3.
Manufacturing 15 The manufacturing workshop assembles lighting fixtures and components under contract. Prisoners work in a commercial assembly production environment. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Manufacturing Level 2.