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Collins: Potential Benefits In Prison Partnerships

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12 August 2009 - Greater private sector involvement in developing prisons has the potential to deliver better services and value to taxpayers, Corrections Minister Judith Collins said today.

"If we want to deliver the best value Corrections system for New Zealanders, I believe we shouldn't limit our choices," Ms Collins said.

"The Government intends to involve the private sector more in infrastructure projects where there are clear benefits for both taxpayers and users.

"There is a range of opportunities for more private sector participation in prisons, including construction, designing, financing, building, maintaining and operating facilities."

Ms Collins has asked the Department of Corrections to look at alternatives to conventional procurement for delivering new prison capacity, including a new prison.

In line with its policy commitment, the Government will also change the Corrections Act to allow private management of prisons.

"We have to get the best from our limited resources with smarter planning, financing and executing of our infrastructure projects," Ms Collins said.

"In order to have a world-class Corrections system, we need exposure to world-class innovation and expertise. Allowing private companies greater involvement in developing prison infrastructure will bring new initiative and know-how to the process.

"However, private sector involvement will only happen where it makes sense to taxpayers and users. It's all about delivering better value."

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