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Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Services originated in Dunedin in the 1880’s. This makes PARS one of the oldest social services in New Zealand. All PARS Services in New Zealand are separate entities, although all have similar missions and goals.
Manawatu PARS was established in 1959 and celebrated sixty years of prisoner reintegration in May 2019.
Manawatu PARS Constitution states the objects of Manawatu PARS as being -
(A) To support the community by promoting positive change in those who have become involved with the criminal justice system and thereby working to make our community crime-free.
(B) To promote the welfare of prisoners and offenders and provide support and reassurance in their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community during imprisonment, parole and upon release.
(C) To support the families and whanau of prisoners and offenders while they are imprisoned and during the process of reintegration back into the community.
(D) To foster the development and growth of volunteerism and groups of volunteers sharing any or all of the society’s objectives.
(E) To respect the cultural diversity of New Zealand society and endeavour at all times to perform the Society’s objectives and functions in a manner culturally appropriate to any individual prisoner or offender, their family and cultural grouping.
All persons -
All offenders should have -
Manawatu PARS seeks to -
Led by a voluntary Governance board, PARS services are delivered by paid and volunteer staff in Manawatu, Levin, Wellington and Hawkes Bay.
Our current board: Syd Easton, Chris Dungan, Carol Irvine, Sandra Owen, Priscilla Carston & Suzanne Carpenter
We are funded through a range of sources including Department Corrections, Local Government, COGS, Lotteries and other philanthropic trusts throughout the region.
Call: 0800 727 700
77-85 King St
Roslyn, Palmerston North,
4410 New Zealand
Phone: (06) 357 9218