Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

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Senior Associate


Of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, and Rangitaane descent, Kim started his public service career as a police officer in 1959. Eight of those years were spent in the Youth Aid Section, working with young offenders.  In 1974  he received a  Churchill Fellowship to study at the Delinquency Control Institute, University of Southern California.  He rose to the rank of Senior Sergeant, and in 1976 left the Police to take a position as senior investigating officer in the Office of the Ombudsman.   For the next seven years he was responsible for investigating complaints from prisoners and psychiatric patients and complaints against the Police.  In 1983, Kim was appointed as a Manager in the State Services Commission, and in 1986 became the  District Manager, Department of Mäori Affairs, Rotorua.

In 1989, after a short stint as Deputy Secretary, Maori Affairs , Auckland Region, Kim was appointed as an Assistant Secretary (Penal Institutions) Department of Justice.  He oversaw a major reform of the prison service, and in 1992 received a Senior Executive Scholarship from the State Services Commission to attend the Graduate Business School, Stanford University. 

Kim was appointed as Deputy Secretary (Maori Health), Ministry of Health in 1993.  He retired in 1996, to establish his own consultancy business, specialising in public policy advice, Mäori and indigenous development, and organisational development and change. He has a BA (Sociology) degree from Massey University.

In 1995, Kim joined the Board of Prison Fellowship New Zealand.  And in 2000, was appointed to the position of National Director, Prison Fellowship. Prison Fellowship New Zealand has become a significant provider in the criminal justice sector/social services sectors, providing services at the faith-based unit, Rimutaka Prison, in after-care prisoner services (Operation Jericho), and in the delivery of in-prison victim-offender reconciliation services.

In 2003, Kim was awarded a second Churchill Fellowship, to study offender re-integration in Detroit, USA. In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice. The award was created to honour a person or organisation responsible for significantly advancing restorative justice around the world. In 2006 Kim joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army, to launch the “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” Strategy. In 2007, Kim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order

In 2008, Kim was appointed as a Commissioner to the Families Commission.

Links: Rethinking Crime and Punishment:

Recent Publications

2009 Workman, K. (2009) Back to Churchill – An Old Vision for Prisoner Reintegration, Policy Quarterly, 5(2): 24-31.

Politics and Punitiveness – Overcoming the Criminal Justice Dilemma - A seminar delivered at The School of Government and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Election 2008 – Lunchtime Series, 20th October 2008

2005 Publication ‘Towards a Restorative Society’ Resolving Conflict and Restoring Relationships: Experiments in Community Justice within a New Zealand Faith-Based Prison