For­tuin in new role

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Gre­gory For­tuin has been ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of Prison Fel­low­ship New Zealand.

The Whitby res­i­dent, ex-race re­la­tions con­cil­ia­tor and for­mer may­oral as­pi­rant takes over the reins from Ian El­liott.

Mr For­tuin is well known in community cir­cles. Mov­ing from South Africa 20 years ago, he has been manag­ing di­rec­tor of AXA New Zealand, the Hon­orary Con­sul for South Africa, and has had gov­ern­ment ap­point­ments on boards in­clud­ing NZ Post and ACC. He re­cently com­pleted a term as a fam­ily com­mis­sioner, and now serves on the boards of Whi­tireia Polytech­nic, Welling­ton Polytech­nic and chairs Streets Ahead for at-risk youth in Porirua.

He says the community is where he sees the ser­vice hav­ing the great­est im­pact in re­duc­ing re­cidi­vism.

‘‘This is a new space for many to work in but we bring con­sid­er­able ex­per­tise in deal­ing with pris­on­ers, ex-pris­on­ers, vic­tims and their fam­i­lies by mo­bil­is­ing church and other community or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide the wrap­around sup­port that is re­quired to help peo­ple live crime-free. I look for­ward to this new role and as­sist­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be a ma­jor part of the so­lu­tion.’’

Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Ray Smith says Mr For­tuin’s ap­point­ment is at a vi­tal time for Prison Fel­low­ship, as it seeks to bet­ter use its ex­per­tise and pas­sion for help­ing pris­on­ers and ex-pris­on­ers to live crime-free in our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘His un­der­stand­ing of the key gov­ern­ment goal for re­duc­ing re­of­fend­ing will help us trans­late our part­ner­ship agree­ment into ac­tion.’’

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