Mother’s Day in Aro­hata Prison

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‘‘Mother’s Day ... is tough for par­ents be­hind bars and their chil­dren on the out­side.’’

Moth­ers be­hind bars got to cel­e­brate Mother’s Day last week­end.

Aro­hata Prison held a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day with face-paint­ing and arts and crafts avail­able for chil­dren vis­it­ing their par­ents.

The prison’s vis­it­ing room was dec­o­rated for the oc­ca­sion and a Mother’s Day ban­ner made by the pris­on­ers took pride of place.

Pre­par­ing for the ac­tiv­i­ties was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with Rimu­taka Men’s Prison, where pris­on­ers work­ing to­wards qual­i­fi­ca­tions in print­ing put their skills to good use.

Pris­on­ers in Rimu­taka’s Print Shop de­signed and printed Mother’s Day colouring-in cards that moth­ers and chil­dren could com­plete to­gether.

Pris­on­ers and their vis­i­tors en­joyed cake baked by pris­on­ers study­ing hos­pi­tal­ity.

Mathew Allen, as­sis­tant prison direc­tor of Aro­hata and Rimu­taka pris­ons, said the day went well.

‘‘Mother’s Day, like Christ­mas Day, Fa­ther’s Day and birth­days, is tough for par­ents be­hind bars and their chil­dren on the out­side,’’ he said.

About 20,000 chil­dren have a par­ent in prison in New Zealand.

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