Corrections department feared another summer heatwave could lead to a rise in violent incidents

New Zealand’s department of corrections has been criticised for spending more than NZ$1m (£500,000) on slushie machines in a bid to reduce tensions with inmates during last year’s heatwave.

Information obtained by the opposition National party revealed that 193 of the machines were bought as a preventative measure after a record-breaking 2017/2018 summer.

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