Life at corrections

What we can offer

What’s important to you is important to us too, which is why we offer a competitive support package to all of our staff.

Competitive salaries

With opportunities for career progression.

Wellbeing & support

Access to Employee assistance programme - a professional counselling service.


Support to complete long-term work-related qualifications.

Equal employment opportunities

We aim to provide a safe, supportive and responsive environment.

Union representation

Collective bargaining with a positive and proactive relationship with our unions.

Health & wellness

Health checks, vaccinations, eye wear, discounted health & personal insurance.

Banking & Superannuation

Access a range of banking and superannuation packages.

Retail Discounts

Discounts with Macpac, Microsoft and on eBikes.

Cultural responsiveness

Building partnerships, being responsive, and being effective for Māori.

Are you a good fit?

Our values make up who are. If your values align with ours a career at Ara Poutama Aotearoa could be for you.


We are unified and focused in our efforts.


We develop supportive relationships.


We care for and respect everyone.


We are responsive and responsible.


We demonstrate leadership and are accountable.

The balance is right


Here at Ara Poutama Aotearoa, we understand that whānau is everything, which is why we do everything we can to support you and yours.

Flexible working

We support our people to work in a way that best suits their needs, where safe and appropriate to do so.

More days off for custodial staff

Our rostering system aims to improve work-life balance for our custodial staff, giving them more rostered days off to spend with whānau and look after their wellbeing.

Supporting your wellbeing

With employee-led networks, staff welfare co-ordinators, an online vitality hub and more, there’s plenty of places to connect with others and get support.

Explore our regional differences

We have four regional offices, 100+ community sites and 18 prisons across the motu — from Te Tai Tokerau in the north to the southern end of Te Wai Pounamu.

Northern Region

From Kaitaia to Auckland, our northern region has over 28 locations including prison sites at Kaikohe, Mt Eden, Albany, and Wiri.

Central Region

From Hampton Downs to Taupō, our central region has over 27 locations including prison sites at Spring Hill, Waikera, and Rangipo just south of Turangi.

Lower North Region

From Hawke's Bay to Wellington, our lower north region has over 30 locations including prison sites in Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, and Wellington.

Southern Region

From Picton to Invercargill, our southern region has over 31 locations including prison sites in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Moving to Aotearoa, New Zealand

New Zealand is a country like no other. We’re different down here, in our little corner of the world. There are endless reasons why people travel near and far to make Aotearoa home.

It's one of the safest places to live in the world

New Zealand is a safe and friendly environment to raise a family

The quality of life is good down under.

We're very multicultural

With a population of only 5 million, New Zealand isn't densely populated.

We're one of the least corrupt places in the world

The people are really friendly. You can get an egg from your neighbour.

Workplaces are egalitarian

Our food, wine and cheese is some of the best in the world.