House built by Rimutaka prisoners goes over the wire!

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The first house built by prisoners in Rimutaka Prison will be lifted over the prison’s perimeter fence on Friday 27 April.

remutaka house

The 3 bedroom house will be lifted in one piece using a specialist crane.

The house will be added to Housing New Zealand’s Lower Hutt stock to provide a home for people on the social housing register.

In attendance will be Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins, members of WelTec/Whitireia Council, management and trades tutors, Housing New Zealand representatives, and Rimutaka Prison management.

Following the lift, Minister Hipkins will tour the WelTec trade workshops where prisoners are gaining skills and qualifications in Plumbing and Gas Fitting, and Painting and Decorating.


About this housing project:

WelTec has delivered training at Rimutaka Prison for the past 10 years and currently delivers seven trades training courses in the prison.

Eight prisoners built the house on site last year as part of their 34-week Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills programme delivered by WelTec tutors.

The 3 bedroom house has a footprint of approximately 113 square metres, is double glazed and insulated and is a timber bevel-back weatherboard construction. Electrical and plumbing work, including pressure-testing, has been completed by WelTec.

It is the first house built by prisoners in Wellington prisons. A second house is in the early stages of construction by a different group of prisoners as part of their WelTec Trades Training programme.

About the big lift:

Media are invited to report on the house lift from inside the wire, as well as Minister Hipkins’ visit, to the trade workshops where prisoners will be training. 

For further information about attending the event, please contact us.

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