Sensible Sentencing encompasses two very distinct trusts and purposes.
The Sensible Sentencing Group Trust (SSGT)
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.
The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST)
Distinct to the SSGT, The Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) is also a registered charitable trust but, unlike the SSGT, does not have donee status with the IRD because this trust 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.
Learn about the aims of the Sensible Sentencing Trust. What we are trying to achieve and who we have working with us to make New Zealand a safer place for everyone...
Those wishing to join will need to fill out the address details so that we can send out newsletters etc. This information remains confidential to SST...
A collection of useful information that we have collated from various sources, which will be helpful for victims of crime...
SSGT | Victims
This is a section where the stories of the victims of crime, their families and loved ones can be told, in their own words...
News & Events
Christchurch Sex Offender Protected by Name Suppression Madness In a recent decision by Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan, a sexual offender was given name suppression even though the victims asked that their abuser be named. The Judge was somewhat …
31/10/2014 The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament. In sentencing Shane Pierre Harrison for murder at the …
Sensible Sentencing Trust is once again dismayed by a High Court decision to grant an Auckland ‘Ad-man’ permanent name suppression, on the basis of his wife’s heart condition. “The wife, who doesn’t even have the same surname as the offender, …
The Victims Speak
Six years ago, my mum was brutally murdered. She was a 66-year-old dedicated new entrant teacher who was setting up her class for the new school term when Whetu Te Hiko walked in and gave her a disgusting beating that can only be described as horrific. He had five previous convictions and had not long been out of prison for a violent crime against his own partner when he attacked Mum. I will never understand why he was allowed to graze and mingle with people in society. The system that is supposed to keep us safe is offender based, but the committed team at Sensible Sentencing are giving victims a voice with their continued lobbying for change and more accountability. I ask that the New Zealand public unite in the fight for the rights of victims and support the only true voice we have, the Sensible Sentencing Trust.KEVIN MCNEIL
Nothing can prepare you for the loss of your child. My worst nightmare became reality when Michael was beaten, robbed and left to die alone in the street. Sensible Sentencing helped me through the grief, through his perpetrators’ long, emotionally taxing trials, through the financial burden that comes with legal support and through the fight for change. Michael’s perpetrators were eligible for parole before they had finished their sentence. My son’s death took its toll on us emotionally and physically, and it affected our family’s relationships. It doesn't make sense that offenders’ rights should come before their victims’, and with Sensible Sentencing we’re doing everything we can to change that.RITA CROSKERY