Our Vision

A Matau Moemoea

JustSpeak is a movement of young people who are speaking up and speaking out on criminal justice for a thriving Aotearoa.

We develop youth-led tools, resources, spaces and support to facilitate a public conversation on criminal justice informed by evidence and lived experience.

Punitive attitudes are a barrier to positive change in criminal justice and form the context within which policies and legislations in our criminal justice sector are formed. Together young people can change this conversation and transform our justice system to be fair, just and compassionate.

Our Journey

A Matau Ara
Launch of Kōrero Pono
Successful campaign to stop the billion dollar mega prison at Waikeria
Successful campaign to raise the age of youth justice
JustSpeak became the primary organisation for the Trust, advancing the work started 10 years earlier by matua Kim Workman
Unlocking Prisons report
Collaborated on a theatre production of Verbatim
Māori and the justice system report
JustSpeak was formed in Wellington as a youth branch of Rethinking Crime and Punishment and part of the Robson Hanan Trust
Rethinking Crime and Punishment established

Our People

A Matau Tangata

Operational Team

Tania Sawicki Mead

Tania brings leadership, passion and excellent taste in office treats to the JustSpeak team.

Kirsten Van Newtown
Volunteer and Projects Coordinator

Kirsten is our champion of volunteers and juggler of many balls.

Board Members

Julia Spelman

Wellington-based defence lawyer and JustSpeak co-founder

Dr Kim Workman
Board member and strategic advisor

The voice of reason and the face of criminal justice reform

Andrea Black

Our resident tax guru

Julia Amua Whaipooti
Board member

Senior advisor at the Office of the Children's Commissioner and member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Group

Pam Thorburn
Board member

Director of Student Services at Victoria University

Jordan Anderson
Board member

Criminology PhD student

Laura O'Connell Rapira
Board member

Director of ActionStation and Co-Founder of RockEnrol

Kingi Snelgar
Board member

Auckland-based criminal defence lawyer

Grace Gordon
Board member

Criminology PhD student

Advisory group