Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
Grace recently completed her Master of Arts in Criminology at the University of Auckland, which explored conflict ownership within community and restorative justice practices. She joined JustSpeak in 2014 with the hopes to get an insight into the realities of the criminal justice system and explore practical ways to make positive changes. Grace is particularly interested in issues around the ongoing effects of colonisation on Māori, housing support for ex-prisoners, and moving towards decarceration in Aotearoa.
President - JustSpeak on Campus - University of Auckland
Kevita is a Law and Arts student at the University of Auckland in her penultimate year, majoring in Criminology and Sociology with hopes to enter the criminal law legal profession. Kevita joined JustSpeak in 2014 to help understand the theories learned in criminology and sociology in a real life context. She has since been inspired to form JustSpeak on Campus, as she believed an on campus presence would help empower young people to have a voice in the conversation of criminal justice issues.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington
Andrea comes to us from almost two decades at Inland Revenue and Treasury where she was a tax specialist. She is now on a gap year while she works out what she wants to be when she grows up. Andrea is a trustee for Yoga Education in Prisons trust and writes a tax blog www.letstalkabouttaxnz.com. She is very concerned by the increasing social imbalances in New Zealand of which the rising prison population is the starkest example. As well as raising the average age for JustSpeak Andrea is our Policy Coordinator.
Board Member and Research Coordinator
Jordan is a Criminology PhD candidate at Victoria University, and her research focusses on dangerousness and risk in modern New Zealand society. Her areas of interest also include punitiveness, sentencing policy, and imprisonment. Jordan is passionate about criminal justice, and got involved with JustSpeak because she strongly believes in an evidence based approach to criminal justice policy.
Lucy completed her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and International Relations in 2015 and is juggling work with studying part time towards her Honours degree in Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research is informed by a feminist perspective and her lived experiences of gendered violence. Her particular research focuses are sexual violence and domestic violence, and sensible drug policy. Lucy is passionate about involving youth in criminal justice issues and making sure their voices are heard.
Ta'ase Vaoga is passionate about helping people get involved in the things that they care about most. Be it by volunteering or giving time, resources or money she is committed to seeing the charity sector grow through the mobilisation of people. Ta'ase has a background in the not-for-profit sector primarily in fundraising, communications and marketing. Ta'ase is from Wellington and enjoys long walks, soy flat whites and sleep.
President - JustSpeak on Campus - Victoria University of Wellington
Ella became involved in JustSpeak as an intern in 2016, then went on to join the university group JustSpeak on Campus. Ella studied Criminology alongside Sociology in her undergraduate degree at Victoria University, and this is where she was introduced to the issues in New Zealand's criminal justice system. She is now completing her Honours degree in Sociology. Ella is particularly interested in mass incarceration in New Zealand, specifically the disproportionate numbers of Māori in New Zealand prisons, and hopes that her involvement in JustSpeak can help to educate people on these issues.