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Kim Workman (of Ngati Kahungunu and Rangitaane descent) is a retired public servant, whose career spans roles in the Police , the Office of the Ombudsman, State Services Commission, Department of Maori Affairs, and Ministry of Health. He was Head of the Prison Service from 1989 – 1993. He is a graduate of Massey University, and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Southern California, and Stanford University. He is currently a Senior Associate of the Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University, and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Religious Studies in 2011.
Kim was appointed to the position of National Director, Prison Fellowship in 2000, and retired from that position in 2008. Prison Fellowship New Zealand has become a significant provider in the criminal justice sectors, establishing the first faith-based prison unit in the British Commonwealth, a mentoring programme for released prisoners, and was the principal provider of in-prison restorative justice services.
In 2005, Kim was the joint recipient (with Jackie Katounas) of the International Prize for Restorative Justice. In 2006 Kim joined with Major Campbell Roberts of the Salvation Army, to launch the “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” Strategy. That project now comes under the Robson Hanan Trust, of which Kim is the Executive Director.
Kim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in 2007.
Kim served a three year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 – 2011.
Kim and his wife Carolyn have two adopted children, and four children from his first marriage. His leisure time is devoted to gardening, listening and playing jazz, and spoiling his grandchildren and great grand children.