Roast chicken and apple pie is on this year's Christmas lunch menu for prisoners who will spend the holiday behind bars.
Corrections Services General Manager Brendan Anstiss said Christmas would "resemble a day much like any other" for the country's 8,500 prisoners.
"The meal will meet basic nutritional requirements but will not be lavish and prisoners who wish to attend church services on the day will be able to attend multi-denominational church services inside the wire," he said.
Lunch will be the main meal of the day and consist of a serving of roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and peas with apple pie and custard for dessert.
Meals will be the same across all 18 Corrections-managed prisons, and will cost around $4.00 per prisoner.
"The meal will be prepared as usual, overseen by Catering Instructors and cooked by prisoners working in the facilities kitchens. This way prisoners can actively participate in the day and learn skills to help them with their rehabilitation."
Depending on their security classifications and behaviour some may have the opportunity to engage in recreational activities such as sport and music.
There will be no visitors on the day, but visits will still run as usual over the rest of the holiday period.
Prisoners are also able to purchase canteen items such as Roses chocolates, Christmas mince pies, a small fruit pudding and an iced 1kg Christmas cake through the prison canteen system.
For dinner on Christmas Day prisoners will have the sandwiches they would normally have for lunch.
- Manawatu Standard
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