Defence Force shift on hold

Last updated 06:33 18/12/2012

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The Defence Force's plans to shift its main detention facility from Christchurch to the central North Island have stalled due to a lack of funding.

The Defence Force had intended to move its largest detention facility, which can cater for up to eight detainees at one time, to the central North Island, where the force's largest population is based.

However, no funding is available for capital works, so the facility will remain in Christchurch for the forseeable future, the Service Penal Establishments inspector says. 

Plans to replace the detention facility at the Navy base in Devonport, Auckland, have also stalled due to budget restraints. 

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