Kim Workman

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Sir Kim Workman
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Workman in 2019
Personal details
Born
Robert Kinsela Workman

1940/1941 (age 81–82)
NationalityNew Zealander

Sir Robert Kinsela Workman KNZM QSO (born 1940/1941),[1] commonly known as Kim Workman, is a New Zealand criminal justice advocate. Of Māori descent, Workman affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.[2]

Career[edit]

Following the Dawn Raids, Workman resigned as a senior sergeant in Lower Hutt police force over his opposition to the racism displayed in the police response.[3]

He served as Families Commissioner between 2008 and 2011, having previously been the national director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand.[2] Workman has been a long-time advocate of prisoners' rights and for reform in the criminal justice system: he founded the Robson Hanan Trust, which is responsible for the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, and was also the founder of JustSpeak, a youth network seeking changes in the criminal justice system, in 2011.[2] From 2012 to 2013, he was a member of board of the Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust, and in 2013 he was appointed as an adjunct research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington's Institute of Criminology.[2]

Honours[edit]

In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours, Workman was named a Companion of the Queen's Service Order, for services to prisoner welfare.[4] In the 2019 New Year Honours, Workman was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector.[5]

Workman has been conferred honorary Doctor of Literature degrees by both Victoria University of Wellington (2016)[6] and Massey University (2017).[7] He was named Senior New Zealander of the Year at the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blundell, Sally (17 January 2019). "Sir Kim Workman on his fight for criminal justice reform". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "New Year honours 2019 – citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Workman, Kim (11 July 2021). "Policing the Dawn Raids". E-Tangata. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2007". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Honorary graduates and Hunter fellowships | Victoria University of Wellington". victoria.ac.nz. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Prisoners need to be heard – Kim Workman". Massey University. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Ryman Healthcare Senior New Zealander of the Year winners 2018". New Zealander of the Year Awards. 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2019.