26 Sep 2011

New men's prison near Auckland approved

10:39 pm on 26 September 2011

A proposal for a men's prison in Wiri, south of Auckland, has been approved by a Board of Inquiry.

Following a hearing in May, the Environmental Protection Authority has issued the decision on an application by the Department of Corrections for a 1000-bed prison.

Plans for the prison were criticised by community groups, which believe that many young people living in Wiri could be influenced by a prison culture.

The prison will be the third Corrections facility there.

Environment Minister Nick Smith directed the application for the prison to a Board of Inquiry as it was considered a proposal of national significance.