"NO" Correctional Facility
"NO" Correctional Facility
Rangiuru Community is a vibrant but isolated community with a large number of concerned residents grappling with a proposed correctional facility at 240 Rangiuru Rd.
This would be in a building originally proposed for Community Mental Health respite care. The facility will house 25 people who are subject to Corrections oversight.
WBOP District Council granted consent without going to the Resource Consents Committee. The resource consent process is to assess the effects of such activities on people and/or the environment. They assessed that there was no need to notify the community that the Department of Corrections requested to house parolees or those having reached the end of their sentence or those serving community sentences for up to 18 months; deciding that there would be no impact or detrimental effects on the Community. That is, no special circumstances existed that required the consent application to be notified.
Department of Corrections advises it wants to be a good neighbour but they have refused to engage face to face with the wider Rangiuru Community. Whilst they met with the Tapuika Iwi who were not in favour of the proposed facility for some very valid reasons, the general public were not invited and not welcome to attend. The Dept of Corrections have been invited to a Community meeting with residents of Rangiuru but declined stating it was not part of their policy.
The Department of Corrections will contract out the care of the men residing in the facility, which removes Dept of Corrections one step from accountability and responsibility.
Te Puke has an acute housing shortage and with the shortage of labour in the agricultural sector this housing facility is ideally suited to Post Harvest Seasonal Accommodation. Residential transitional housing does not meet the zoning criteria.
The Rangiuru Community believe the objectives of the Department of Corrections would be more easily achieved if the facility were in an urban environment not a rural area. It is not the Kaupapa that is the problem, it is the location. Proximity to town services (health services, banks, MSD) transport, employment and easier access to family connections, are all necessary ingredients for building a better life for the proposed facility participants.
The Rangiuru address is not a suitable location for the correctional facility and our Community feels betrayed by the fact that the Dept of Corrections has deliberately kept the operation covert. When asked for assurances about the community’s safety, wellbeing and care, the Dept offered no solutions and local Police are already stretched in rural areas.
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