PM Ardern happily on holiday, meanwhile Waikeria Prison ‘riots’ turn rogue

PM Ardern happily on holiday, meanwhile Waikeria Prison ‘riots’ turn rogue

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Our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is happily on holiday. She enjoyed fireworks and visiting local stores with her family in Tairua throughout the holiday period.

Ardern has spent a few days in the small town with her intended Clarke Gayford and daughter Neve.

During New Year’s Eve, a store named All Things Organic was visited by the family.

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A statement posted on All Things Organic’s Facebook page read: “Look who loves our organic real fruit ice creams! It was a pleasure to serve Jacinda in store on New Year’s Eve.”

NZ Herald reported the PM owning a ‘quick shift’ behind the counter before leaving.

PM Ardern ended off 2020 with an Instagram post showing fireworks lighting the sky up. “It’s not often I stay up to see the new year in these days,” she wrote.

“I wanted to make sure I saw the back of 2020. 😊To everyone who helped us get through this year, thank you.”

The PM mentioned there are many challenges ahead, and she feels more ‘confident’ than ever to take them on. 

“While there are plenty of challenges ahead, I feel more confident than ever that we’re all up for it. Happy New Year Aotearoa!”

Meanwhile, at Waikeria Prison, riots have turned rogue for the last six days since this publication.

There’s been no mention of a plan or comment from either PM Ardern or Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis.

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Mr Davis, however, said he’d make a comment after the riots end.

The rogue riots stand 16 inmates that are protesting poor conditions and treatment at the prison. 


A fire was spotted inside the main watchtower at the prison on Saturday. 

The prison where the inmates are held is reportedly in bad condition.

During August of 2020, the Ombudsman published a report of an unannounced inspection of the facility.

Inside of the report, it said prisoners were double-bunked in cells that can hold only one inmate—a lack of natural light and poor ventilation systems.

Further, the report tells inmates lacked access to clean bedding and clothing. Prisoners were forced to eat meals near the toilets in the cells.

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The unit was no longer fit for its purpose of housing inmates.


A proposed facility is scheduled to open in 2022 next to the old buildings that are not fit for purpose, at Waikeria Prison.

The cost to build the new facility is around $750m.


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