A Podcast to explore
the future of justice in Aotearoa

True Justice elevates the experiences of people who have found themselves trapped behind bars - exploring their hope and heartbreak, and the challenges they faced navigating the system. The podcast also features perspectives from academics, activists and justice sector leaders, which paint a clear picture of the systemic issues affecting justice in Aotearoa, and how it could be changed for the better.

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We invite you to join us, as we work together for a justice system based on rehabilitation, restoration and decolonisation.

Keep Learning

We believe understanding is the gateway to meaningful action. If you have been listening to True Justice and want to learn more, here are three rich and valuable resources.

Why did Māori never have prisons?

The late Moana Jackson was a prominent constitutional lawyer and Māori and indigenous expert. In this talk he explores the question "why did Māori never have prisons?", drawing on his decades of research and advocacy around Māori and the New Zealand justice system.

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A Message from 2040

A Message From 2040 explores the history of social change in Aotearoa and outlines the promise of a better future where we build communities, not prisons.

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Our Blueprint for a just Aotearoa

Our Blueprint outlines the funding, policy and legislative changes necessary to; build communities (not prisons), decolonise the justice system and ensure every whānau and community have the resources they need to thrive.

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Take Action

We believe that people power is the most potent force for change; and everyone has a contribution to make. Here are three ways you can respond now, to help transform our criminal justice system.

Repeal and replace the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

We are calling on the government to support the wellbeing of our communities by repealing and replacing the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to make sure that drug use is treated as a health and social issue. You can help by signing our petition today.

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Raise the Youth Justice age

We need to raise the age of Youth Justice to 21.
Currently we are processing 17-21 year olds through the adult criminal justice system. Instead of rehabilitating, it's leaving young people likely to continue offending - causing more victims and more harm. You can help by signing our petition today.

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Spread the word

Some of the major barriers to meaningful transformation of our criminal justice system are a lack of public attitudes and dominant, harmful narratives. To overcome this, we need more people to hear from those with lived experience. You can help by sharing True Justice with your friends and networks.

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The justice movement is deep and wide across Aotearoa, rich with collaboration between a variety of non-government organisations, charities and grassroots communities. Here are three examples of people we are proud to work alongside.

People Against Prisons Aotearoa

People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is a prison abolitionist organisation working for a fairer, safer, and more just Aotearoa.

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Amnesty International Aotearoa

Amnesty International offers a global movement that mobilises the humanity in everyone so that we can all live with care and respect for each other.

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Howard League

Howard League New Zealand are working to reduce our prison population, reduce recidivism rates and help reintegration into communities

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Ngā mihi

Special thanks to the brave and beautiful souls who have generously shared their stories.
Thanks also to the following people whose generous support helped make True Justice possible.
Brit, Tessa, Holly, Ruth, Kate, Kath, Diana, David, Keith, Angela, Rose, Marianne, Rachel, Alan, Cecily, Emily, Kate, Rawiri, Howard, Murray, Pip, Nita, Ken, Michael, Jill, Claire, Claire-Louise, Suzie, Dorothy, Peter, L H, Julia, Mary, Emily, Liz, Lily, John, Richard, Amanda, Peter, Harriet, Andrew, Rosie, Roger, Leo, Kay, Sharon, Jennifer, Neville, Larissa, Marg, Helen, Hannah, Piers, Lyn, Jane, Russell, Eileen, Heather, Anne, Kahurangi, Ngawai, Mike, Nashwa, Margaret, Rebecca, Ella, Karen, John, Susan, Terry, Warren, Carla, Carina, Mark, Kathryn, Raewyn, Lynsey, Jo, Caril, Erina, Raymond, S. Alma, Jenny, Jess, Rosslyn, Catherine, Nikki, Miriam, Isaiah, Mary, Reto, Trevor, S R, Amy, Alana, Roger, Lesley, JoEllen, Vincent, Marc, Johnny and a few anonymous friends.
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