Cultural responsiveness

Corrections has a culturally responsive workforce that helps to achieve the Department’s key priority of reducing re-offending.

Our Whare Oranga Ake facilities and Maori Focus Units are actively developing interventions that target reducing re-offending by Maori.

We are actively committed to building partnerships with Maori, being responsive to Maori and being effective for Maori.

We expect all employees to recognise and respond appropriately to the needs, aims and aspirations of the many cultural and ethnic groups represented among the offenders we manage.

Our goal of reducing re-offending by Maori, expresses a Treaty of Waitangi obligation to reduce the disparity between Maori and non-Maori.

The Department’s responsiveness also goes some way in honouring our Treaty of Waitangi obligations to iwi.

Where required, we offer cultural awareness training for staff, which demonstrates a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, particularly as it focuses on employees’ ability to work with and relate positively to Maori offenders and communities, and assists us greatly in our goal of reducing re-offending.