Christchurch Men's Prison

Christchurch Men's Prison, also known as Paparua,  is on the outskirts of Christchurch and one of New Zealand's largest prisons.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 345 6400

Postal address:
Private Bag 4726
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Physical address:
West Coast Rd
Christchurch

General information

Prisoner capacity: 940
Security classification: Minimum to high security men
Year established: 1915

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Engineering Training Workshop24

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.

  • Provides a pathway into: Engineering Employment.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Basic Engineering Trade Skills Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Welding Level 3
Hospitality Training Course20

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 Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Hospitality Level 2
Horticulture Training Course10

The Horticulture Training Nursery provides an intensive training programme into production horticulture to prepare learners for employment in production horticulture. Learners develop their
knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for 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
Painting Training
Workshop
16

The workshop based Painting training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to enter the Painting industry. Prisoners undertake commercial painting projects in order to demonstrate their skills.

  • Provides a pathway into: Asset Maintenance Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Painting Level 3
Motor Industry
Training Workshop
16

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

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive) Level 2
  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Small Motors) Level 2
Plumbing Training Workshop16

The Workshop based Plumbing training programme provides learners hands on practical and theory training in the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to enter employment in plumbing.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently Delivering;

  • Certificate in Entry to Trades (Plumbing) Level 3
Young Offenders’
Training
Workshop
10

The Training Workshop based in the Young Offenders’ Unit supports a modularised training programme in partnership with other training activities to offer a range of four week introductory
courses in a range of trades to engage young learners including;

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Small Motors

Currently Delivering;

  • Level 2 Unit standards in a range of key trades
Carpentry Training
Workshop
16

The workshop based Carpentry training programmes provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects of introductory carpentry and construction to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to enter the construction industry. The main course project is the construction of a partial or complete house.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trade Skills Level 2
  • Certificate in Carpentry Level 3

Offender employment

ActivityCapacityDescription
Kitchen 45Kitchen 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.
Laundry18The 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
30

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
13Grounds 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).
Engineering
Workshop
41Mechanical Engineering workshop providing engineering services and products for internal and external contracts. Prisoners employed in this activity are employed to fabricate, machine, cut, weld varying grades of steel to produce engineering solutions. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2 (and above).
Distribution
Centre
16The 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.
Horticulture
and Nursery
46

The 25 Acre Garden produces 150 tonnes of fresh vegetables and produce to external clients under contract. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of production horticulture roles from preparing and planting, understanding and caring for plants, potting and transporting seedlings and
production gardening. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 and Level 3.

Farming10The 800 hectare Sheep Farm at Christchurch Men’s is supported by prisoners from Christchurch Men’s and Rolleston Prisons managing 4,000 sheep and producing wool and meat under contract. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of general and sheep specific farming roles. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Agriculture Level 2.
Piggery25The Piggery breeds, raises and fattens 15-16,000 pigs annually under contract from its stock of 800 breeding sows. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of general farming and pork production specific roles. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Pork Production Level 2.
Timber
(Firewood)
Processing
Yard
44This operation encompasses two activities. Firstly, the yard processes firewood under contract. Adjacent to this activity, there is a timber processing operation which contracts to commercial customers. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Timber Yard Operations Level 2.
Contract Work
Parties
10

Contract work Parties provide a range of services to local government, councils, charities, and iwi to support community engagement projects through providing skilled and unskilled labour to construction, planting, cleaning, and other projects. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job in health and safety.