Council wins partner award
Waipa¯ District Council Animal Control was one of the winners at the Department of Corrections Waikato District Community Partnership Awards held in Hamilton last week.
The recipients of the awards were Fairview Educational Services (FEDS); Tracey Watson, Prisoner Aid and Rehabilitation Society (PARS); Peter Ellison, Ellison Driver Training; Waipa¯ District Council Animal Control; Salvation Army, Hamilton; Whitianga Bike Park; K’aute Pasifika Trust, Hamilton; and Department of Conservation (DOC), Hamilton.
The work these recipients undertake with Community Corrections includes providing support and mentoring to offenders, community work placements and supporting offenders with health, wellbeing and housing.
“This is one of the events throughout the year I look forward to the most,” says Rowan Balloch, Department of Corrections Waikato district manager.
“The reason is the event is about celebrating the extraordinary efforts of our partner agencies and the work they’ve done in delivering great outcomes for people on community based sentences.
“We currently manage over 3000 offenders within our district and we couldn’t do it without the support we get from a number of our government agencies, community agencies and community providers.”
Te Awamutu Probation Officer Christina Horn presented the award to Waipa¯ District Council.
“Waipa¯ District Council Animal Control has assisted me personally on two occasions when conducting home visits at properties where occupants are known to have dangerous dogs,” says Christina.
“On both occasions they entered the properties kitted out with their gear and ensured I was safe at all times.
“They’ve gone above and beyond for Community Corrections and demonstrate care for both Corrections staff and animals.”
WDC manager planning and regulatory Wayne Allan said awards like this really cement the partnership and collaboration between Corrections and Council.
“I’d like to congratulate the Department of Corrections for having these awards. I think it’s a fantastic thing to do.”
“We work at different levels with Corrections and to have staff recognised in this way is testament to the calibre of the partnership we have.”
Community Partnership Awards are a way for Corrections to acknowledge individuals or organisations with an outstanding commitment to providing meaningful, challenging projects that allow offenders to make up for their offending, learn new skills and behaviours, and provide role models to make a positive difference to others.
Corrections manages offenders to ensure they comply with their sentences and orders, reduce their likelihood of re-offending, minimise their risk to others, and help them become productive and contributing members of society to keep the public safe.
From left: Waipa¯ District Council manager planning and regulatory Wayne Allan, Corrections central regional commissioner Terry Buffery, Waipa¯ District Council environmental services team leader Karl Tutty, Waipa¯ District Council animal control officer Lisa Martel, Corrections Waikato district manager Rowan Balloch at the Department of Corrections Waikato District Community Partnership Awards.