Di White

Di White works in human rights, with a focus on gender and police culture. She has a background in the law, with an interest in access to justice and prisons. She is based in Melbourne, but has vowed to return home if she sees one more snake.

Politics
Aug 8, 2017

Kelvin Davis is NZ's best hope for prison reform in decades

New Zealand's prison population is ballooning, and no politician seems to have any good plan to stop it – except Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis, writes Di White.

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Society
Nov 30, 2016

Let's stop pouring money into prisons. They don't work. And there is an alternative

As New Zealand's prison population passes 10,000 for the first time, the abysmal failure of NZ's imprisonment culture must be confronted. Ahead of a hui in Wellington tonight, Di White argues for a new approach

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Society
Sep 13, 2016

The NZ justice system chucks 17-year-olds in with adults, and it is a stain on our reputation

New Zealand 17-year-olds can't vote, buy alcohol, gamble or marry. So why are they treated as adults once they're arrested, asks Di White.

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Society
Jun 9, 2016

I arrived in Australia to a warm welcome. Others are met by the ugly face of sanctioned inhumanity

On the second anniversary of her migration to the Lucky Country, Di White is moved to tears by Chasing Asylum, an acclaimed new film about Australian refugee policy.

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Society
Apr 4, 2016

Corrections and clarifications – unpicking Judith Collins’ prison number explanations

Opinion: the minister’s tough-on-crime agenda is at odds with much of the wider direction on justice and corrections, writes Di White.

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