Story: Prisoner support and advocacy

Prison visitors' bus service, 1972

Prisoners’ families have often found it difficult to visit them. Prisons are usually located outside major cities, and inmates’ families often have limited incomes. In March 1972 the People’s Union collaborated with the Polynesian Panthers to operate a free weekly bus service from Auckland to Pāremoremo and Waikeria prisons. When the service was first set up, between 30 and 40 people used it each week to visit family members in prison. The People’s Union also published a newspaper, supported low-income tenants and ran a fruit and vegetable cooperative. Members included Roger Fowler, Bruce Hucker and Anand Satyanand (who became governor-general of New Zealand in August 2006).

Courtesy of Roger Fowler, Māngere East Community Learning Centre

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 'You don’t need a ticket, just climb aboard.' Information service (People’s Union for survival and freedom) (October 1972), p. 5 (S-L 1111-5)
Artwork by Roger Fowler

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Kathy Dunstall, 'Prisoner support and advocacy - Supporting prisoners and their families', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Kathy Dunstall, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 May 2018