BWB: Kim Workman: ‘An Imperfect Justice’ New Zealand speaking tour

A nationwide tour for Sir Kim Workman to speak about his life’s work in criminal justice.

About the project

Sir Kim Workman’s memoir Journey Towards Justice was released in 2018. Jazz musician, policeman, public servant, prison manager, and prominent campaigner for restorative justice – Sir Kim’s life is full of passion and spirit, research and writing, action and commitment.

This grant will allow Sir Kim to travel around New Zealand, including to the regions, speaking about his book and his life’s work in criminal justice. At a time when justice reform is hotly debated, these talks will be an important addition to the public discussion. Bridget Williams Books (BWB) is organising his speaking tour.

Grant amount

$10,000 throughout 2019 to support Sir Kim’s time as a speaker as well as travel and organisation costs.

About Kim Workman and BWB

Sir Kim Workman (of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitaane descent) spent nearly four decades within the public sector. He has had career roles within the Police, the Office of the Ombudsman, the State Services Commission, the Department of Maori Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, including a stint as Head of the Prison Service. Sir Kim was Director of Prison Fellowship from 2000 until 2008. In 2006, he joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army to launch the ‘Rethinking Crime and Punishment’ strategy, and has since lent his expertise to JustSpeak as a strategic advisor and board member.

Bridget Williams Books, the publisher of Journey Towards Justice, is an independent New Zealand publishing firm established in 1990. BWB focuses on New Zealand history and contemporary issues, with a strong interest in Maori history and questions of equality and social justice. BWB works on a not-for-profit basis, with funding support through the BWB Publishing Trust. See and


Contact person

Bridget Williams

Director, Bridget Williams Books

“Sir Kim Workman’s memoir is an eloquent account of an extraordinary life. It’s also a remarkable record of New Zealand’s twentieth-century social history.”

– Bridget Williams, Director, Bridget Williams Books