Our Vision

Ā Mātau Moemoea



JustSpeak’s vision is a society that gives everyone what they need while caring for each other and the planet. We dream of a world where everyone has a roof over their head, food on the table, and time to spend with loved ones. Where we’ve reimagined justice to be about health and not handcuffs and where we’ve closed the last prison - for good

Check out our 2021 to 2023 Strategic Plan here

Our Journey

Ā Mātau Ara
2019
Launch of high school workshops and civic dinner project
2018
Launch of Kōrero Pono
2018
Successful campaign to stop the billion dollar mega prison at Waikeria
2016
Successful campaign to raise the age of youth justice
2015
JustSpeak became the primary organisation for the Trust, advancing the work started 10 years earlier by matua Kim Workman
2014
Unlocking Prisons report
published
2013
Collaborated on a theatre production of Verbatim
2012
Māori and the justice system report
2011
JustSpeak was formed in Wellington as a youth branch of Rethinking Crime and Punishment and part of the Robson Hanan Trust
2005
Rethinking Crime and Punishment established

Our People

Ā Mātau Tangata

Operational Team

Kirsten Van Newtown

Kirsten Van Newtown

Volunteer and Projects Coordinator
emaillinked in

Kirsten is our champion of volunteers and juggler of many balls

Chantelle Awhina

Chantelle Awhina

Campaigner
emaillinked in

Born and raised in Tokoroa, Chantelle is a māmā whāngai who is a natural born advocate with a huge heart for rangatahi and for forwarding the kaupapa of her people

Emily Rosenthal

Emily Rosenthal

Capacity Building and Advocacy Lead
emaillinked in

Born in Ōtepoti, Emily is passionate about investigative research, community organisating and swimming in cold bodies of water

Chris Jupp

Chris Jupp

Fundraiser
emaillinked in

Chris brings a range of fundraising and engagement experience, as well as proximity to those with lived experience of the criminal justice system and ardent fishing enthusiasm

Board Members

Anne Waapu

Anne Waapu

Board member

Kaupapa Māori Researcher

Jordan Anderson

Jordan Anderson

Chair

Criminology PhD student at Victoria University

Laura O'Connell Rapira

Laura O'Connell Rapira

Board member

Director of ActionStation and Co-Founder of RockEnrol

Pam Thorburn

Pam Thorburn

Treasurer

Director of Student Services at Victoria University

Tamatha Paul

Tamatha Paul

Board member

Rangatahi advocate and Wellington City Councillor

Alexandra O'Connor

Alexandra O'Connor

Board member

Moana Cole

Moana Cole

Board Member

Christchurch based Barrister

Hannah Riley

Hannah Riley

Board Member

Volunteer Representative

Advisors to the board

Tā Kim Workman

Tā Kim Workman

Kaumātua

The voice of reason and the face of criminal justice reform

Andrea Black

Andrea Black

Advisor

A tax specialist who is driven by the need for progressive social change

Julia Amua Whaipooti

Julia Amua Whaipooti

Advisor

Julia (Ngāti Porou) is a passionate advocate for systemic change