Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa

Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa, the Māori caucus of ANZASW understands the model of partnership within ANZASW to be as follows:

Partnership and collaboration under Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

  • That displays inclusiveness between Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi
  • That places a premium on Tangata Whenua being informed
  • Where Tangata Whenua have an opportunity to determine their level of involvement on issues facing ANZASW
  • Where Tangata Whenua critique these professional issues in their own space and utilize their own processes
  • Where Tangata Whenua develop positive relationships with Tauiwi to share and access their skills, talents and knowledge.

To this end the ANZASW Board includes equal representation for Tangata Whenua and Tau Iwi. Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa conducts national hui (meetings), has representation on all ANZASW Committees and has established several Roopu (Branches) for Tangata Whenua members within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Key activities include the development and support of the niho taniwha model for competency assessment, the publishing of Te Komako as an annual issue of the Association’s journal – Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work and the launch of Te Ahi Kaa as the day of national celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand – presently 14th July.