In a constrained fiscal environment, with competing demands, it is essential to establish and measure against clear, culturally-reflective levels of service for health assets. This quantifiable evidence base will guide the prioritisation of investment in healthcare facilities within our prisons.

People in Ara Poutama Aotearoa prisons exhibit some of the most pronounced health needs in society: they are three times more likely to have a mental disorder, and over 50% have long-term health conditions. International research demonstrates the economic value and social benefits of rehabilitative environments that support the oranga of individuals within prison.

However, the levels of service of a rehabilitative prison environment in Aotearoa have been undefined. Additionally, there is a lack of evidence regarding the performance of health assets in contributing to the taha tinana (physical health), and taha hinengaro (mental health) components of Te Whare Tapa Whā. Consequently, we have developed a mechanism to elevate the significance of health asset performance, establishing a quantifiable evidence base aligned to Hōkai Rangi principles and Corrections’ five values, reflecting Te Ao Māori, to support delivery of optimal health outcomes for Māori. This evidence will delineate where investments in health assets will be more effective for both prisoners and society.

Francesca Dodd

Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Francesca Dodd is a Principal Adviser at Ara Poutama Aotearoa. She is interested in finding ways to measure the strategic quality of assets in prisons, with a focus on health assets. After a PhD in Politics, and an interest in addressing rising economic inequality in Aotearoa, the organisational strategy of Hokai Rangi offered a real opportunity.

Peter Chew


Peter Chew is a partner at KPMG and has over 20 years of consulting experience supporting the UK and NZ governments on performance improvement, the development of performance measurement frameworks, value for money, operational efficiency, project and programme management, and change management
Concurrent Session B

Manaakitanga | Rua

Wednesday 22 May