Nga Tūmanakotanga symposium: Understanding and reducing prison violence

Date Tuesday 7 December 2021
Time 8:50am
Where Online via Zoom webinar. Zoom link will be available upon registration
Contact Armon Tamatea
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Prisons are places where people are contained in high concentrations. They are also places where victimization of physical and psychological violence is highly frequent. The previous symposium, Te Tūāpapa Whakaharatau, and recent events in New Zealand have reflected the high human, financial, and health costs of violence for the men and women who live and work in these sites. Te Whanake is the second symposium hosted by Nga Tūmanakotanga and draws together a range of perspectives from across the ‘prison ecology’ and includes local and international voices from industry, academia and community for a dialogue on the causes and control of violence in New Zealand's prison spaces.

The aims of Nga Tūmanakotanga are to understand and decrease physical, sexual, psychological and structural harm and improve safety and wellbeing for those who reside and work in prison settings in Aotearoa New Zealand. We view prisons as ecologies – spaces where people, resources, and the built environment are interrelated – and that violence is a product of these complex relationships. The theme for this symposium, Te Whanake, refers to the growth of knowledge and reminds us of the importance of developing clarity of understanding that knowledge, especially in contexts that are dynamic and often volatile.

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