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Mt Eden guards get plush hotel digs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016

Corrections has been forced to pay about $2 million to put up extra Mt Eden jail staff in an Auckland hotel.

Up to 40 guards at a time have been staying in the four-and-a-half star Adina Apartment Hotel over 18 months, but Corrections says it's getting a good deal.

A discounted rate had been negotiated, which hasn't been revealed, and the department wasn't paying the $400 a night other hotels would have charged, northern regional commissioner Jeanette Burns told RNZ on Friday.

"I think it is a good use of taxpayers' money to look after your staff decently to run a safe and secure prison."

More staff were needed because of higher prisoner numbers at Mt Eden.

Some of the cost was coming out of the $8m settlement paid when Corrections took back the running of the remand facility from private contractor Serco, she said.

Corrections was recruiting new staff and the hotel arrangement would not be needed when they started work.

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