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New Zealand Penal Settlement

The shores of New Zealand near the Federation Penal Settlement in 2371

The New Zealand Penal Settlement was a Federation penal colony located on Earth in the New Zealand island group, east of the continent of Australia. Much like all rehabilitation colonies, this location was used to treat inmates and was a possible location for Maquis prisoners to be placed. The settlement was administered by Starfleet Rehab.

Tom Paris was sentenced to eighteen months in the New Zealand Settlement after he was convicted of treason. In 2371, he was granted early release and was assigned to the USS Voyager as an observer, by permission of Captain Kathryn Janeway. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Non Sequitur", "Relativity")

After Richard Bashir pleaded guilty to the illegal genetic engineering of his son Julian Bashir in 2373, he was sentenced to spend two years in a minimum security penal colony in New Zealand. (DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume")

In an alternate timeline experienced by Kim in 2372, after getting into a fight with Quark, Paris' parole was revoked by Starfleet Command and he was sent back to this settlement. He completed his sentence, receiving parole on stardate 48702. (VOY: "Non Sequitur")



Background information[]

This Federation colony was originally (as revealed in the first draft script of "Caretaker") to have been located on Kairus Three. At another point during the writing process, the Federation penal settlement was to have been located at "Midway Island". However, Joan Pearce Research Associates found fault with this placement, in a seven-page list of research notes about the script, which stated, "Midway (in the Pacific) is actually two islands. They belong to the United States." (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, pp. 287-288)

For the appearance in "Caretaker", the final draft indicated the location was in Auckland, while the New Zealand Penal Settlement setting itself was ultimately filmed on location at Griffith Park. During preproduction, a "tech location scout" of the park was scheduled to take place on Monday, 1 August 1994, leaving the Paramount lot at 7:30 a.m. and returning there at approximately 9 a.m. (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, p. 292) The establishing shot aerial photography appears to be of the small settlement of Ōkārito at the mouth of the Ōkārito Lagoon in New Zealand's South Island.

The reference in DS9: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" is probably to the same facility as is established in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.


According to Jeri Taylor's novel Pathways, the settlement was in Auckland.

The DS9 novel Hollow Men has Admiral Leyton serving time in the colony for his attempted coup d'etat against the Federation President.

Michael Jan Friedman's novel Death in Winter lists Carter Greyhorse, the former chief medical officer of the USS Stargazer, as an inmate.

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