Kim Workman & Associates


My biograph is set out below. But if you want to know who I really am, I suggest you read the article ‘Kim Workman – 'Rethinking Crime and Punishment' by vivian Hutchinson in his publication ‘How Communities Heal’


Kim Workman QSO

Kim Workman (of Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane descent) is a retired public servant, whose career spans roles in the Police the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Māori Affairs, and Ministry of Health. He was Head of the Prison Service from 1989 – 1993.  He is a graduate of Massey University, and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Southern California, and Stanford University He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Religious Studies in 2011.

Kim was appointed to the position of National Director, Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2000, and retired from that position in 2008. Prison Fellowship New Zealand established the first faith-based prison unit in the British Commonwealth, a mentoring programme for released prisoners, and was the principal provider of in-prison restorative justice services. 

In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice. In 2006 Kim joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army, to launch the “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” Strategy, and the establishment of ‘Justspeak’, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system.  That project now comes under the Robson Hanan Trust, of which Kim is a trustee.

Kim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2007.  He served a three year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 – 2011.

Kim was a Semi-finalist for the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Award.

In the same year, Kim accepted a position as Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington.

Kim was recently awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship, at the Stout Centre, at Victoria University.   During his Fellowship Mr Workman will be working on a book on the development of the criminal justice system in New Zealand, ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori,  from 1985 to 2015’ which will document the history of Māori in the criminal justice system and examine the relationship between punitiveness and neoliberalism.

Kim has four children from his first marriage. He married Carolyn in 1981, and they have two adopted children.  He has nine grandchildren, and three great grand-children.  His recreational pastimes include gardening, playing and listening to jazz. His current hobby is learning to play classical piano.