CW Offenders at the Opunake Events CentreSouth Taranaki schools, community organisations and popular walkways are benefiting from community work projects managed by Hawera Community Corrections.

In 2016 offenders managed by Hawera Community Corrections completed more than 25,800 hours of community work across South Taranaki.

“Community work is a reparative sentence, so the offenders are giving back to their local communities.  They work under the guidance of our community work supervisors, and they’re learning some new skills along the way,” says Alison Spurdle, Acting Senior Community Work Supervisor.

“We’re involved in a variety of projects in South Taranaki including clearing walking tracks at Nowells Lake, grounds maintenance at local schools and marae.

“A community work team tends to the ‘E-Kai’ Community Gardens and helps with the maintenance at Soldiers Park in Eltham.

“We’re also helping to keep the Opunake Events Centre and the adjoining skate park clean and tidy.”

Ms Spurdle encourages non-profit groups or organisations in South Taranaki to get in touch if they have a project they need help with.

“We’re looking for new community projects for our community work teams.

“Any non-profit groups or organisations in South Taranaki looking for assistance should contact Hawera Community Corrections on 0800 477 622 to discuss the project.”

Community work is completed in supervised work parties or through projects sponsored by eligible agencies. This gives the community unpaid labour on a wide variety of projects.

Offenders can be sentenced to do between 40 and 400 hours of community work.

Read more information about community work.