Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:
WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO
For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector
Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.
Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.