Don’t build that private prison….oh, wait a minute!

The left were dead against the new private?prison at Wiri.

But now they are facing the facts:

Manurewa politicians have dropped their campaign against the new Wiri prison and are now trying to get as many jobs out of it as possible for unemployed South Aucklanders.

The construction of the new $270 million jail is now well under way, with 300 to 350 people working daily on the site which is next to the existing women’s prison west of Roscommon Rd.?

On top of that good news;

  • 42 per cent of the 1400 contractors and workers who have been inducted on to the site so far live within a 10km radius, covering most of South Auckland from Otahuhu to Papakura.
  • Subcontracts worth $35.7 million had been let so far to firms within the 10km radius
  • And the consortium hoped to recruit about 100 experienced prison guards and about 50 new recruits who would be trained from February 2015, as well as about 110 administrative staff and specialists such as doctors and nurses.

Meanwhile:

Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton and deputy chairman Michael Bailey said yesterday that they opposed building the prison in the area, but now that it was under way they wanted to maximise the gains for local workers and businesses.

I’ll bet they do. Funny how how things change.

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