A new prison will be built on the site of the old Waikeria Prison, in the Waikato region, as part of Phase 2 of the NZ Government’s Prison Capacity Programme. The new facility at Waikeria Prison will be a 1,500 bed prison and will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership. The Government approved the detailed business case for the new facility in November 2016.
The Department of Corrections will now proceed with the procurement process to find an appropriate private sector consortium partner to design, build and finance the new facility, as well as provide asset management and facilities maintenance services under a long term performance-based contract.
Responsibility for custodial, health, rehabilitation and employment activities will be retained by the Department.
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
Department of Corrections
Form of project announcement
Waikeria Prison has been part of the Waipa and King Country landscape for over 100 years. Prison forecasts indicate that additional prisoner places are required in the upper North Island. The prison site is large enough to support the existing prison and an additional facility. The department already owns the land and, as such, the location offers effective use of our existing resources.
The new facility will mean a significant investment in the region, creating hundreds of jobs and ensuring the long-term viability of a prison in the region.
Indicative timetable of project development
The procurement process will begin with the release of the Expression of Interest to the market in mid January 2017.
The Government anticipates construction to commence in the first half of 2018 with the facility expected to be complete in late 2021.
Details For Next Step Of Project
In early January Corrections will release the Expression of Interest to the market. A Request for Proposal will be released to shortlisted respondents in April, and the Department expects to have identified its preferred bidder in late 2017. A contract will be signed with the successful PPP contractor in the first half of 2018 and construction will commence shortly afterwards. The new facility is expected to be complete in late 2021.
Running in parallel with the procurement process is the planning approval process. Corrections is seeking the necessary approvals under the Resource Management Act and is currently engaging with the local community prior to formally lodging its application with Council next year.
Estimated Time To Start Of Procurement
Other Key Project timeline events
Mid-2018 - successful PPP contractor appointed, shortly followed by construction
Late 2021 - construction expected to be complete.