ANZASW Mission & Vision Statements

Kia tutuki ia ngā whainga me ngā tumanako kia mau tonu i ngā mahi

Through working together our goals and objectives will be achieved

Our Vision/Wawata

An equitable, socially just and sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand society in which social work is a valued profession.

Kia tika tonu te āhua mahi mō ngā Tangata i Aotearoa nei

Our Mission/Wainga

To enhance the profession of social work for the benefits of individuals, family, communities, whānau, hāpu and iwi.

Manaaki ngā kaimahi kia tika te huarahi oranga e hāpai ngā whānau, hāpu, iwi, me ngā hapori.

Our Values/Whai Paenga

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpins and informs our work and practice
  •  Ko Te Tiriti o Waitangi te kawenata te huarahi ka tika ngā mahi i Aotearoa
  • The principles of bi-culturalism and partnership are evident in our actions
  • Ko te mahi ngā tahi ka tika te mahi mō te Tangata
  • We value individual and cultural uniqueness and diversity.
  • Ko te Rangatiratanga o te Tangata te mea nui
  • We treat each other and all other people with respect and dignity.
  • Ko te manaakitanga o ngā Tangata katoa ka tau
  • We encourage the active participation and contribution of all members.
  • Ka whai wahitanga mō te katoa
  • We model the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour
  • He ahua tino pumau ngā kamahi teitei e haere ake nei
  • We are committed to social justice, human rights and human dignity.
  • E pono ana ki ngā tikanga o te ture e whai haere nei
  • We are a credible voice for those whose voices are not heard and / or who are marginalised.
  • He maangai paaho mō rātou kore reo kia taea te rongo me rātou kua pouakatia hei nama.

Our Priority Goals

  1. Voice – To provide a strong voice for Tau Iwi and Tangata Whenua members, the profession and the people with whom we work.
  • Public awareness of the positive role and impact of social work and social workers is raised
  • Be an influential commentator on social work and the social services public policy agenda
  • Members are mobilised to engage in ANZASW campaign activity
  • Tangata Whenua caucus voice is strengthened within the Association


  1. Continuing professional development – To promote and provide opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Design, deliver and co-ordinate CPD opportunities using a range of delivery mechanisms
  • Design and implement a system to recognise and endorse CPD courses and providers
  • Disseminate information about CPD opportunities provided by other organisations


  1. Membership – To maintain and grow the membership of ANZASW.
  • Achieve net growth in Tau Iwi and Tangata Whenua membership
  • Increase Tau Iwi and Tangata Whenua participation in the Association