Coun­cil wins part­ner award

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

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.

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