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First Hand - Sister to the Sinner

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1992

For 10 years Sister Joan Timpany served as the Catholic chaplain at Paremoremo Prison, where the country's most dangerous criminals are incarcerated. The cheerful nun is interviewed in this First Hand documentary by new director Leanne Pooley (Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls). Prisoners adore Sister Joan; many call her a mother figure. An inmate called Julian performs a song he wrote for her, with the lyrics: "There’s no other here to listen, I can always count on her to be a friend." Sister Joan was awarded the Queen's Service Order in 1993 for her community service. She died in 2006.

I feel I'm a mother image here. Somebody's got to care about them, that's what I feel I'm there for.
– Sister Joan Timpany, on her role in Auckland Prison

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George Andrews


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Richard Thomas


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Leanne Pooley


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Neil Newcombe

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Mark Cathie

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Paul Newell

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