The SecureFuture consortium last week finalised its agreement with the Corrections Department to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the new 960-bed public-private partnership (PPP) prison at Wiri, South Auckland. The 25 year contract is worth approximately $840 million, which is 17 per cent less than if the prison was procured through conventional means, representing a $170 million saving for taxpayers. Fletcher Construction has been chosen to build the new facility which will be operated by Serco and maintained by Spotless Facility Services. Construction is scheduled to begin soon, with the prison scheduled to open in 2015.
The new prison will still operate within the current Corrections framework and all prisoners will remain the responsibility of the Chief Executive of the Department. The prison will have to comply with all relevant New Zealand legislation and international obligations. The operation of the prison will also be bound by strict performance standards. For example, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley has stated that "SecureFuture must perform ten per cent better than Corrections in reducing reoffending rates" and made clear that "the Consortium will face financial penalties if it fails to meet custodial, rehabilitation and reintegration measures."