Wellington Scoop

Naenae cafe will be a New Zealand first for former Arohata prisoners

News from Trade School Industries Trust
A local charity – Trade School Industries Trust has started renovations for a new cafe in Naenae, Lower Hutt. “Trade School Kitchen”, will be a social enterprise creating an employment pathway as well as social support for women released from Arohata prison.

“Employment is a key factor for successful reintegration” says Matt Lamason, Chairman of the Trust and founder of Peoples Coffee, “the model of ‘jobs not jails’ has been proven overseas and we believe more needs to be done in New Zealand, where recidivism rates have been rising for decades”.

The cafe is due to open in July and Mr Lamason is urging Wellingtonians to support the cause via a Pledgeme campaign which has already raised $13,000 of its $30,000 target.

The Trust has already raised over $80,000 from The Bishops Trust, JR McKenzie Trust, Tindall Foundation, Hutt Mana Trust and private donations, but further funds are required to complete the build and fitout.

In 2017 the Department of Corrections awarded the Trust a three year contract for barista training at Arohata prison, this enables the Trust’s Training and Reintegration Coordinator, Lauren Tennent to source talent for the Cafe and help to ensure the transition back to society is as successful as possible.

Feedback from the local hospitality industry and the Naenae community has been phenomenal, says Ms Tennent, “it’s a win/win situation for an industry needing more employees, a community looking to revive their shopping centre and of course the women seeking to rebuild their lives and become productive members of society.”


Pledgeme campaign page at https://pledgeme.co.nz/projects/5647-trade-school-kitchen-launch