Lotu-Iiga not revealing discussions with PM

  • 29/07/2015
Sam Lotu-Iiga (Caitlin Smith/3 News)
Sam Lotu-Iiga (Caitlin Smith/3 News)

Under-fire Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga is confident he'll keep his job, despite more damaging revelations from Auckland's Mt Eden Prison.

Three inmates and a sacked Serco prison guard were arrested yesterday during police raids on the Head Hunters gang. In total, 10 people were detained in an operation aimed at the gang's methamphetamine network in the upper half of the North Island.

The warrants also targeted the alleged supply of contraband, such as tobacco and cellphones, to Head Hunter-affiliated and other prisoners at Mt Eden Prison.

Despite the developments, when asked if he still had the full support of his boss, Mr Lotu-Iiga said he believed he did, but "you'll have to ask the Prime Minister".

"We've had a number of conversations, but the conversations between he and I, I'll keep to myself."

Mr Lotu-Iiga says he's not worried a former Serco prison guard was among those arrested.

Serco was recently fined $565,000 for failing to keep violence under control at Mt Eden. The Corrections Department has taken over running of the facility for now.

Prime Minister John Key hasn't ruled out cancelling Serco's $300 million, 10-year contract to run Mt Eden.

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