The Results Are In! Election Forum Scorecard details

The results are in! The audiences from our recent Election Forums have given their assessments on the criminal justice priorities of each political party. Continue reading

Whiti Te Rā - a call to action

JustSpeak and Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust came together to organise a Kaupapa Māori hui on transformative change in criminal justice which took place in mid-July this year. I was fortunate enough to attend this, and along with fellow JustSpeak volunteers we excitedly travelled up to Rotorua for the two-day event. Continue reading

Through Dutch eyes: Mini blog series reflecting on differences between the NZ and Dutch criminal justice systems

Part two - Adolescent criminal law   One of the things that surprised me the most when I started at JustSpeak was hearing about their successful campaign to remove most 17 year olds from the adult justice system. It was such a surprise that this even needed to be campaigned for when in The Netherlands we have an adolescent criminal law that can apply up to the age of 23. Internationally, New Zealand is one of the last jurisdictions in the OECD to implement the change to include 17 years olds in youth court. Continue reading

Through Dutch eyes: Mini blog series reflecting on differences between the NZ and Dutch criminal justice systems

Part One - Speed trials   As a Dutch person arriving to New Zealand what really struck me is that the prison rates are so high in a country with such a small population. The contrast between New Zealand and The Netherlands could hardly be more striking.   Continue reading

Voting is a right, not a privilege

Summary Last week, the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision that the ban on prisoner voting does not align with the principles of the Bill of Rights. Another decision is pending – the decision of whether or not the law behind the ban was passed lawfully. Continue reading

Budget 2017 - what's in it for justice?

Commentators have said that there wasn’t much in the budget on housing. I disagree. It was hidden, but there was an announcement of housing 1800 more people, and we’re not talking insecure housing here. This housing is certainly secure...   Continue reading

A determination to forge peace

Dr Kim Workman's speech at Massey Honorary Doctorate Graduation "Chancellor of the University, Vice-Chancellor, staff, graduates, whanau, ladies and gentlemen... Continue reading

Ready For Change: The stories that led me here

Recently I returned from Sydney where I was able to visit the One Life exhibition which documents the experiences of Australian women in the Criminal Justice System. These women were either ex-prisoners or advocates. Continue reading

Bailing out the Justice System: Reopening the Window of Opportunity

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was working out what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. What happened? Continue reading

Poetry Slam from JustSpeak forum 'Prison: A Moral & Fiscal Failure?'

Check out Te Kahu Rolleston and Mary Rainsford performing their poetry at JustSpeak's forum 'Prison: A Moral & Fiscal Failure?' on 30 November 2016.  Continue reading