Our Lower North Region

Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra!

Do you want to be a part of a team that cares about YOU and what you bring to the table?

Where opportunity for career progression and development is a part of our everyday life?

Where kaimahi feel supported to reach their full potential, however that may look?

Here at Lower North, we are working hard to enhance the mana and wellbeing of all the people we work with to create change that matters. Come and join the Lower North whānau today!

Our region reaches far and wide, from Wellington through to Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki, and across to Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. We have 6 prison sites, which include: Hawke's Bay Regional Prison, Manawatu Prison, Arohata Prison, Rimutaka Prison, Whanganui Prison and New Plymouth Remand Centre. We also have 22 community corrections sites. Our regional office is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

What's happening in our Lower North Region?

Innovative approaches that are meaningful

We are listening to and understanding the needs of the people that we serve. Lower North are creating meaningful change and opportunity for growth across our region by paving the way in introducing the Māori Pathways Programme into our prisons. This is an initiative that has been co-designed alongside whānau, hapū and iwi Māori to better support the prisoners by using kaupapa Māori and whānau-centric approaches to make change a reality for prisoners and their whānau beyond the wire.

Building workplaces where our people are respected and valued

We are creating workplace environments that reflect our values – where people can connect and trust in the relationships they build with their colleagues and managers and where everyone feels they belong, and where everyone knows the special part they play within Ara Poutama Aotearoa in the communities that we serve.

Investing in our people

We are focused on upskilling our kaimahi in their career development by creating opportunities for progression so that all kaimahi feel valued and appreciated in the mahi that they do in impacting the lives of all the people we work with.

Why move to the Lower North?

Lower North

Spanning across four diverse districts, the Lower North has something for everyone! Working at Arohata, Rimutaka or one of our community sites in Te Whanganui a Tara, the city life of the Capital is only a stone-throw away, while still being in the vicinity of plenty of scenic outdoor gems and breath-taking nature walks. Affordable housing is also on offer for eligible public sector workers through Wellington's Te Kāinga programme.

If you prefer the smaller city living, you can enjoy the warm climate and coastal views of the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast, postcard views of Taranaki maunga and the seaside in New Plymouth, or simply enjoy the laidback, whānau-friendly lifestyle of Manawatu and Whanganui. 

Be part of the change

It takes a village to do what we do. Explore our range of teams to learn more about the roles within Ara Poutama Aotearoa.

Rārangi whakamua - Custodial

A career inside in our custodial environment means working face-to-face with people who have offended. As a custodial staff member it’s your role to ensure safety and improve the oranga of prisoners’ while they are with us.

Hauora me te Oranga - Health & Wellbeing

Working in an interdisciplinary team of health practitioners, we provide a range of health and well-being screening, assessments and treatments for people inside prison and out in the community.

How we hire

  • 1. Apply
  • 2. Checks & Screening
  • 3. Meeting you
  • 4. Final Checks
  • 5. Getting started

Apply online through our website - you'll answer relevant screening questions and upload your CV and a Cover Letter.

Because of the nature of our work and the high standards of integrity we carry out a number of checks. The types depend on what role you're applying for but typically include criminal conviction checks, an online interview and psychometric assessments.

We'll want to meet you in person and will invite you to come in. We'll do this through an interview, assessment centre, or an onsite job preview. 

We'll work with you to finalise details which may including Medical, Fitness and Drug testing.  We’ll also reach out to your referees to talk to them about your previous work and the skills you have.

Welcome to the whānau! From here we'll sort out getting you ready to start work. For all of our offender facing roles, this includes a comprehensive training programme to support offenders to change their behaviour and to keep yourself and your new team safe.