Temple’s Job: Chapter 13


The final chapter of Nick Scott’s crime novel “Temple’s Job”.     The long and winding story of crime, heartache, scientific experimentation and revenge.    Read on to find the final fate of the participants.

The journey back to Christchurch was uneventful, and Ian’s mind drifted back to the beatings he received from his father. His father’s idea of suitable discipline for almost every act that he thought was unwanted. In his father’s eyes that had covered a wide range of normal childish behaviour.

Mark Liston needed something to show him the extent of what he had done and what he’d intended to do. There was one aspect of the punishment that Temple had already thought of. Something that would have almost seemed cruel to him, but to the average onlooker, would have seemed like nothing. He would like to see Mark behind bars for at least a year, with absolutely no access to books of any kind, especially poetry. Books had been something which made Temple’s prison stay bearable. Mark did not deserve to have that comfort.  

Temple realized after much discussion with Joe that the most probable charge and conviction young Mark would face was conspiracy to commit murder and possibly criminal intent. Joe could not guarantee any specific sentence would be imposed but he had friends at the Department of Justice and would check out the potential sentencing bands and recent convictions and sentences.

Ian decided to suggest to Liston that he confess as it would save everyone the complication of a fully defended trial. Temple told him he could serve the sentence, be released and get on with his life.   He was not expecting such an enthusiastic response.   It turned out that Mark Liston had an uncle who’d been charged with theft of a vehicle and gone through a fully defended hearing. . The whole thing had ended up as a complete mess and turned his mother(the sister of the thief) into a nervous wreck.

Liston did confess to conspiracy to murder. Following conviction he was sentenced to five years in Paparua Prison.  Temple suppressed his overwhelming urge to write anonymously to the Prison Governor to recommend the removal of books and the serving of distasteful foods to Liston.   He knew the system wouldn’t stoop so low. But….

Retribution didn’t take long.   Temple was called by the prison. Mark Liston had been badly beaten – he hadn’t wanted that.   But Liston had apparently fallen foul of a more seasoned and dangerous inmate.   White, middle=class and educated Liston had been sensible enough to keep his head down and try and avoid contact and association with obvious harm.   But somehow this one knew Mark’s love of books. Mark was told there was a delivery of new books to library. The result was quick and painful. He’d waited just inside the library for Mark to arrive before inflicting the damage which saw Liston now a resident of the prison hospital.  

Ian experienced remorse; even his father had not put him in hospital – nearly but not actually. He decided to get a Visitor’s Pass and visit Liston. He took the bus out to Templeton, it was almost empty, not surprising as there was not much in Templeton except the prison and this wasn’t the usual time for visitors.

Some of the corrections staff recognised Temple as he made his way to the prison hospital. His first view of Liston almost made him sick, knowing that he was in a way responsible. Mark’s arms had both been broken and his face was severely bruised and he’d need a dentist.

He walked up to Liston’s bed and announced, This is from a poem by Ted Hughes “The Jaguar”, I’ve adapted it for you.

Those who run through the prison arrive at a cell where the people stand mesmerized like a child in a dream at a nan living through prison darkness after the shine of his eyes on a short fierce fuse

Not in boredom, the mind satisfied with intellect. The workings of his mind deafen the ear

He turns from the bars, there’s no cell to him

His stride is fields of freedom

The world rolls under the thrust of his heel

Over the cell floor the horizons come.

 Mark looked up at him and smiled through painful muscles and broken teeth.

Ian reached up and undid the latch holding the cross he’d been given. He held the cross in his hand and put it around Mark’s neck.

I’ll tell the staff it’s a personal religious item. Heal well, my boy. I’ll see if I can get another pass and be back tomorrow with another poem.”



Ian had eaten “broken his fast”. He opened his laptop; the laptop which Joe Wigram was allowing him to use. Wigram – his current landlord or “jailer” as he occasionally called him. He recalled something he said he’d do for Joe if he was to stay in his basement instead of a prison cell.   He would teach Joe how to write poetry.

Temple went upstairs and asked Joe for a scenic photo of an area around Christchurch area. He called to Joe to come to his desk and put the photo on the desk in front of him

“Now” said Ian “What do you see?”  

“That’s easy” said Joe “It’s is the base of the Port Hills with a tree in the centre of the image. It must be winter, because the tree has no leaves. The tree looks as though it is dying but it is still living and just looks old and haggard.” “Right”, said Ian “that is the beginning of your poem. Now, how does it make you feel?”

“Well, the tree looks like it is dying and so it speaks of mortality or hopelessness but the coming of winter brings new hope.”

“How can that be?” asked Ian.

“Well, once winter is gone, there is a spring and then summer.”

“Very good Mr Wigram.”

Joe went on to write one the best recently written poems that Ian had read.

“I’ve got an Idea for a job for you” said Joe, smiling. “The Riccarton library used to have a very strong poetry group with a very strong reputation. It was visited by   New Zealand poets such as Sam Hunt”.

“”Wow, thought Ian, a New Zealand poet that he really liked.

“Well, continued Joe, “their tutor recently retired – worn out by trying to satisfy so many students. I think you could take that position”.

“Sounds good to me”, said Ian, happy at the chance to teach again without having to go back to the University, were he would still be on a black list.

Joe was curious about something, “you’ve written a lot of poetry, why not try writing some prose?”

“I have nothing to write about” said Ian.

“What about your life:” asked Joe, “not all people have experienced life in prison followed by a time of trying to get someone else arrested. Why not share that with the world?”

“I’ll admit that I have thought about it, I just hope my readers won’t mind my vanity.”

“What do you mean?” asked a puzzled Joe. Ian had never had trouble being vain before.

“I want to give it the title ‘Temples Job.’ Said Ian, looking down at his hands.


Nick Scott Nick Scott has a B.A from The University of Waikato where he studied film under Sam Edwards. Nick has retained a keen interest in cinema. He studied Te Reo Maori at Te Wananga O Aotearoa part-time for 3 years and then from 2014 to 2016 Nick collaborated in writing “The Traveller’s guide to Maori Place Names”.  Nick is a regular Film Reviewer on ARTbop.  Check out his film reviews on ARTbop. 2021 and Nick has several new projects on the go…….

Christchurch Men’s Prison, also known as Paparua,  is on the outskirts of Christchurch and one of New Zealand’s largest prisons  Security classification: Minimum to high security men
Year established: 1915

Offender training

Activity Capacity Description
Engineering Training Workshop 24 The Engineering Training workshop provides an intensive introductory course in Mechanical Engineering trades to prepare learners for employment in engineering both in the real world or in the adjacent Engineering Employment activity and as an engineer in the Concrete Workshop.

  • Provides a pathway into: Engineering Employment.

Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Basic Engineering Trade Skills Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Welding Level 3
Hospitality Training Course 20 The Hospitality training course is embedded within the Commercial Kitchen and prepares learners for a range of roles supporting employment in commercial catering. Learners develop their knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for Commercial Catering and hospitality.

  • Provides a pathway into: Kitchens and Catering Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Hospitality Level 2
Horticulture Training Course 10 The Horticulture Training Nursery provides an intensive training programme into production horticulture to prepare learners for employment in production horticulture. Learners develop their
knowledge and skills of a range of roles required for production horticulture.

  • Provides a pathway into: Horticulture and Nurseries Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2
  • The National Certificate in Horticulture Level 3
Painting Training
16 The workshop based Painting training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to enter the Painting industry. Prisoners undertake commercial painting projects in order to demonstrate their skills.

  • Provides a pathway into: Asset Maintenance Employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Painting Level 3
Motor Industry
Training Workshop
16 The workshop based Automotive training programme provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects providing an introduction to the skills, knowledge, and attitudes
needed to enter the employment in garages and the automotive industry. Prisoners work with project vehicles to demonstrate their skills.Currently delivering:

  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Automotive) Level 2
  • Certificate in Motor Industry (Small Motors) Level 2
Plumbing Training Workshop 16 The Workshop based Plumbing training programme provides learners hands on practical and theory training in the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to enter employment in plumbing.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently Delivering;

  • Certificate in Entry to Trades (Plumbing) Level 3
Young Offenders’
10 The Training Workshop based in the Young Offenders’ Unit supports a modularised training programme in partnership with other training activities to offer a range of four week introductory
courses in a range of trades to engage young learners including;

  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Small Motors

Currently Delivering;

  • Level 2 Unit standards in a range of key trades
Carpentry Training
16 The workshop based Carpentry training programmes provides prisoners hands on training in the theory and practical aspects of introductory carpentry and construction to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to enter the construction industry. The main course project is the construction of a partial or complete house.

  • Provides a pathway into: Rolleston Construction Yard employment

Currently delivering:

  • The National Certificate in Building, Construction, and Allied Trade Skills Level 2
  • Certificate in Carpentry Level 3

Offender employment

Activity Capacity Description
Kitchen  45 Kitchen prisoners are employed under supervision of Offender Employment Instructors to provide the prison population with three nutritional meals a day from a national menu. Prisoners also learn additional skills within the commercial catering environment and meal distribution. All areas of prison catering
operate under an approved food safety programme. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Cookery Level 2 and 3.
Laundry 18 The laundry provides commercial laundry services to the Prison and contract work for external clients as required. Prisoner’s process, clean, dry press, and distribute laundry products. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Laundry Washroom Procedures Level 1.
30 Asset Maintenance work parties clean, maintain and paint Corrections buildings and facilities. Prisoners wash down, prepare, and paint corrections buildings exterior and interior including working at heights. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Painting Level 3, transitioning to the National Certificate in Painting and Decorating Level 4 in June 2014.
13 Grounds Maintenance work parties maintain and beautify Corrections land assets through cleaning, mowing, trimming, planting and maintaining gardens. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 (and above).
41 Mechanical Engineering workshop providing engineering services and products for internal and external contracts. Prisoners employed in this activity are employed to fabricate, machine, cut, weld varying grades of steel to produce engineering solutions. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2 (and above).
16 The Distribution Centre is a warehouse and distribution operation providing prisoners with a range of approved items for prisoner purchase. The Distribution centre operates like a commercial activity and provides prisoners with experience in a range of retail, warehousing, and distribution roles including operating commercial systems and forklifts. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Distribution Level 2 and 3.
and Nursery
46 The 25 Acre Garden produces 150 tonnes of fresh vegetables and produce to external clients under contract. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of production horticulture roles from preparing and planting, understanding and caring for plants, potting and transporting seedlings and
production gardening. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 and Level 3.
Farming 10 The 800 hectare Sheep Farm at Christchurch Men’s is supported by prisoners from Christchurch Men’s and Rolleston Prisons managing 4,000 sheep and producing wool and meat under contract. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of general and sheep specific farming roles. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Agriculture Level 2.
Piggery 25 The Piggery breeds, raises and fattens 15-16,000 pigs annually under contract from its stock of 800 breeding sows. Prisoners employed in this activity undertake a range of general farming and pork production specific roles. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Pork Production Level 2.
44 This operation encompasses two activities. Firstly, the yard processes firewood under contract. Adjacent to this activity, there is a timber processing operation which contracts to commercial customers. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job towards the National Certificate in Timber Yard Operations Level 2.
Contract Work
10 Contract work Parties provide a range of services to local government, councils, charities, and iwi to support community engagement projects through providing skilled and unskilled labour to construction, planting, cleaning, and other projects. Prisoners are supported to learn on the job in health and safety.



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