May 20, 2016
What if time for Workman
Justice campaigner Kim Workman says he wants to keep annoying people with his vision for the future.
Mr Workman was yesterday given an honorary doctorate by Victoria University of Wellington, recognising the contribution he has made to the national debate on issues such as rehabilitation, crime reduction, human rights and social justice.
Over the past decade he has written profusely about criminal justice issues, inspired by mentors like the lake John Rangihau and his lifetime working in the police, Maori Affairs, Corrections and other government agencies.
He says when he hit 65 he stopped asking what he could do to fix things, and started asking what if.
"You resort to your creative senses rather than your organisaitonal skills so this is my 'what if?' period so I hope to be able to write a bit more for a while and annoy people incessantly as I always do and perhaps convince one or two of them there might be a better way of doing things," Mr Workman says.
A book written during his tenure last year as the university’s Stout Fellow, The Criminal Justice System, the State and Maori – From 1985 to the Present is scheduled for publication in 2017.
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