About Us

The New Zealand Howard League

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the western world even though it has fallen from a high of more than 10,000 in 2020 to 7728 in June 2022.

We don’t have tougher laws than comparable countries, or worse people; what we do have is an exceptionally high reoffending rate. The keys to reducing reoffending are not complicated:

  • Literacy
  • Skills training, especially driver licenses
  • Post release employment
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Maintaining family connections

Our two main programmes to help reduce reoffending are a volunteer based literacy programme which we aim to operate in every prison in the country and over 20 professional driving licence programmes working alongside Community Corrections and inside a growing number of prisons.

The NZ Howard League team at our October 2022 conference.

Our Team

Executives

Jenny Michie

Chief Executive – Operations

Liz Street

Chief Executive – Administration

Amy Gillard

National Training Manager

Board of Directors

Mike Williams

Director

Judith Tizard

Chair

Cliff Cook

Patron

Regional Team Leaders

Wayne Lajeunesse

Kauri Mana

Kim Swindells

Nga Hau e Wha

Rawiri Daniels

Te Papaioea

Brendan Gwynne

Takituma

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Help the NZ Howard League reach its goals in reducing prisoners reoffending, reducing the prison population and helping with positive reintegration into communities, without endangering the safety of those communities.

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