Just another prison dinner on Christmas

16:00, Dec 23 2012

The hams are delivered, spuds have been dug and the pavlova is almost baked in most households this Christmas, but on the other side of the fence it is business as usual.

For New Zealand's 8500 prisoners Christmas will resemble a day much like any other.

Corrections Services General Manager Brendan Anstiss said prisoners would receive their normal Sunday dinner for lunch on Christmas Day and it would by no means be "lavish".

"The meal will be prepared as usual, overseen by catering instructors and cooked by prisoners in the facilities' kitchens. This way prisoners can actively participate in the day and learn skills to help them with their rehabilitation," he said.

Lunch will consist of a serving of roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and peas with apple pie and custard for dessert, while dinner will be sandwiches they would normally have for lunch.

Dr Anstiss said church services would be available.


Visitors were not allowed on the statutory holidays.

Meanwhile, the ill and injured might feel locked up in their hospital beds this Christmas, but that does not mean they will be going without.

Patients at Waikato Hospital will be treated to a delicious Christmas feed, with their choice of roast turkey and stuffing, served with cranberry sauce and all the best veges, or roast lamb with mint sauce, gravy, new potatoes, baby carrots and minted peas.

The patients will then be treated to either a mini pavlova with fresh cream, or a bit of Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.

Waikato Times