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Kia Ora

JustSpeak is a network of young people speaking to, and speaking up for a new generation of thinkers who want change in our criminal justice system.

Based on evidence and experience, we seek to create a safer and more just Aotearoa by minimising imprisonment, enabling better rehabilitation for offenders, and focusing on the social problems that lead to offending.

Latest Posts


They’re our future, not our future prisoners

PILLARS have launched their 5th annual Children of Prisoners Week with their Breakfast without Bars event. This year they are doing things differently. Their week-long campaign aims to raise the voices of children who are affected by parental incarceration. This year we are listening to our children and their needs. We need to unlock these […]

Special treatment in our justice system – the real issue

We need better, community-based justice responses that are applied and available regardless of whether you are a rugby player, a doctor, or can’t even afford to pay for legal representation. “We should not have differential treatment in our justice system for those who are privileged by their background or our national obsession with rugby” says Julia Whaipooti, Chair […]

Include all children in our youth justice system: An open letter to PM John Key and Cabinet Ministers