The country's 8500 prisoners will be served roast chicken,
roast potatoes, carrots and peas followed by apple pie and
custard for dessert for Christmas lunch. Photo supplied.
The annual Department of Corrections menu for the
country's prisoners has been revealed, and while it will be
nutritious it ''will not be lavish'', Corrections Services
general manager Dr. Brendan Anstiss says.
Christmas lunch for New Zealand's 8500 prisoners will cost
about $4 per prisoner, and will be a serving of roast
chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and peas, with apple pie and
custard for dessert.
''The meal will meet basic nutritional requirements but will
not be lavish and prisoners who wish to attend church
services on the day will be able to attend
multi-denominational church services inside the wire,'' Dr
The meal will be the same at all 18 Corrections-managed
prisons and cooked by prisoners at each facility. For dinner,
prisoners will have the sandwiches they would normally have
Dr Anstiss said, in addition, prisoners were able to buy
canteen items such as Roses' chocolates, Christmas mince
pies, a small fruit pudding and an iced 1kg Christmas cake
through the prison canteen system.
Some prisoners - depending on their security classifications
and behaviour - might have the opportunity to engage in
recreational activities such as sport and music, he said.
''Corrections appreciates that Christmas can be a trying time
for prisoners' families and friends and we are committed to
ensuring the day will be marked in an appropriate way,'' Dr
Anstiss said. Visits would not take place on statutory
holidays, but would run as usual over the rest of the holiday
period. Pillars, a charity for children of prisoners, will
run its activity centre in the visiting facilities during
this time complete with Santa and presents, so children of
prisoners can experience some form of Christmas with their
parents. The charity also arranges for its clients to receive
hampers and gifts over the holiday period.
All incoming gifts to the country's prisons would be subject
to normal security processes to prevent contraband.