Prisoners are set to be able to use audio visual technology from inside prisons that will allow them to have video conferences with their families, a first for the New Zealand prison system.
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The Māori Party has called for a meeting with the Corrections Minister following a decision to ban prisoners from possessing pounamu and manaia pendants.
The Government is rejecting suggestions that Māori are being unfairly targeted in the police or corrections systems.
Prisoners who feel their rights have been breached are encouraged to complain directly to the Department of Corrections following the publication of private details of prisoners on the internet.