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Out of Gate – Prisoner Re-integration Service

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD)


Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Dunedin - South Otago, Southland

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types



Out of Gate is a prisoner re-integration service provided by CareNZ in the South Island, assisting short-serving prisoners in making a successful transition between prison and the community.

We work with prisoners at Christchurch Men’s Prison, Rolleston Prison, Otago Correctional Facility and Invercargill Prison. Our team of Out of Gate Navigators is based in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill and works with prisoners sentenced to less than two years in prison following their release. Satellite and outreach services are provided to prisoners released to the West Coast, South Canterbury, Nelson and Malborough regions.

Prisoners are supported by Navigators before and after their release. They assess the needs of prisoners before their release and establish a release plan, focussing on housing, employment/training, health and wellbeing as well as family, social and cultural connections. Our Navigators walk alongside and support prisoners following their release. With over two thirds of prisoners experiencing drug and alcohol dependency, Out of Gate provides an opportunity to engage with prisoners at an early stage, build rapport and encourage them to access services if needed.

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This page was last updated at 3:15PM on May 4, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by CareNZ Manaaki Aotearoa.