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Newshub has published a video/story on 18 Dec 2022 titled 'Prisoners rejoice as charity organises visiting day activities for them and their children', available here. Excerpts follow from the video:
The Storytime Foundation Charity is coordinating visiting days in two prisons which allows prisoners to interact with their children and do a range of activities together.
COVID was a torrid time at Ngawha Prison near Kaikohe and across Corrections' 17 other facilities, it was almost two years of letters, phone calls and Zooms but no physical contact.
"Today's all about you having fun, enjoying it and creating some happy memories," Linda from Storytime Foundation said.
All the activities are created for two people which allows the dads there to be part of his family.
"It's just that connection with whanāu that actually makes the difference long-term, the children need to see their mum or their dad and have these memories with them and so every visit with mum or dad is just precious," Linda said.
Posted: Tuesday 20 December 2022