A Safe New Zealand

for Future Generations

About Us

Sensible Sentencing encompasses two very distinct trusts and purposes

The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) unashamedly exists to advocate on behalf of the victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide in New Zealand. With a view to ensuring effective sentencing and penal policies that reduce re-offending and ultimately keep the public safe. Because of this, SST does not have donee status with the IRD, unlike the SSGT. However, SST is a registered charitable trust.All donations received by this trust assist our volunteers to travel to meet with politicians about the SST’s policy wishlist (such as bail and parole reform, Three Strikes and public Offender Databases – see more here), attend select committee sessions, educate our membership database regarding SST policies and activities, and run lobbying campaigns such as Christie’s Law.

The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT) is a charitable trust with the specific purpose of supporting victims of serious violent and/or sexual crime and homicide. We serve to educate the public as to the plight of these victims and to ensure such victims and their families are fully aware of their rights and entitlements, providing both education and practical support during their time of trauma. All charitable donations received by this trust fund our volunteers to assist with such things as educating these victims regarding their rights and entitlements, emotional and practical support during pre-trial court hearings, criminal justice trials and parole board hearings.

How to Help

There are three easy ways to help us to support and advocate for victims of violent crime.

Join Us

Become an official supporter of SST! You will receive updates, news and occasional action alert emails when we need your voice. 

Neither trust receives any government funding so we rely completely on donations and gifts from caring kiwis.

Get Active

We’re always looking for volunteers to help assist in our regional teams. You may want to:

  1. Help support victims during trials by baking for the family, for example.
  2. Assist with legal advice, accommodation or equipment of some sort.
  3. Book a speaker for your Rotary group, club or school.
  4. Leave a legacy to SST or SSGT.
  5. Host a fundraising initiative.
  6. Become our media spokesperson within your community.

For these and any other enquiries, please contact us with your great ideas about how you can become involved in your local area.

The success of sensible sentencing depends on people like you.

From Our Blog


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