JULIA WHAIPOOTI

Chair of JustSpeak – rethinking New Zealand's criminal justice system


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Julia Whaipooti is a Wellingtonian social justice warrior who wants to reshape the ‘pale, male, stale’ world of law. Julia channels this passion in her role as the chair of JustSpeak. She sees many of the issues in our criminal justice system as a reflection of social justice failures in broader society and believes young people deserve a voice in the criminal justice conversation and strives to make those voices heard.

Young people are our leaders of tomorrow and JustSpeak is a waka that helps us shape our tomorrow by asking for change – for Maori communities, the law itself is a barrier.

Julia has been involved in the Community Law movement for 7 years as a volunteer, advocate, lawyer and up until most recently as the Kaitakawaenga/National Maori Coordinator at the Community Law Centres of Aotearoa.