Voxy.co.nz has reported (31/01/2017) on the Rolleston Construction Yard project that is training prisoners on how to install wall, ceiling and underfloor insulation in state homes in Canterbury.
Earthquake damaged state homes are being rebuilt, repaired and restored by the prisoners at Rolleston Prison.
Social Housing Minister, Amy Adams and Corrections Minister, Louise Upston visited the construction yard and presented the keys to the 50th completed property to Jackie Privac, Housing New Zealand's Regional Manager to celebrate the "Second Chance" programme.
Canterbury's housing stock is being rebuilt and rejuvenated while prison offenders are gaining qualifications and skills for employment. Research shows that there is a strong correlation between employment and living a crime free life.
Houses have been re-clad, rewired,and re-plumbed and have had ceiling and wall insulation installed. Under-floor insulation is also installed on-site. Roofs have been water blasted and painted.
Around 140 tenants and their families have so far moved into a house restored through the Second Chance programme.