ANZASW is a membership based organisation and as such the members ultimately control the direction of the organisation. They do this through attendance and voting on an annual basis at the Annual General Meeting. In addition to this all members belong to either a local branch or a roopu. At this level members can run events on behalf of members, debate issues of local or national concern and ask the national ANZASW Board members to provide a national response to these issues if necessary.  In addition the Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa – the Māori Caucus of ANZASW, represents the concerns of Tangata Whenua members of the Association.

Board Functions

The Board’s responsibility is the governance of ANZASW i.e.:

The exercise of corporate  leadership through the  establishment and monitoring of  necessary controls and strategic direction setting so that the organisation is equipped to respond to the changing circumstances and situations in the external and internal environments in order to meet the expectations and demands of owners (Members) and other key stakeholders.

In brief, governance involves the Board in the process of ensuring that Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers is well managed without the Board itself becoming involved in the operations, except as required by its legislation or as a consequence of exceptional circumstances.

(Board Charter adopted May 2010).

The governance of ANZASW is vested with a minimum of 6 and a maxumum of 9 members . Seven members of the Board are elected by ANZASW members and a further two can be co-opted by the Board to ensure an appropriate mix of skills and experience. The current members of the ANZASW Board are:

  1. Five members elected by the membership.
  2. Two members elected by the Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa.
  3. Up to two people, not necessarily members, who are co-opted by the ANZASW Board to provide specialised skills that the Board considers are needed to enable it to more effectively govern the Association.

Board Terms of Office and Elections

Board members will serve a two year term of office and they may be re-elected.

General Membership Election

The ANZASW Board includes five General Membership positions, for a two-year term.  Nominations are open to Full members, so long as all membership obligations have been met.  Members are invited to send their Expression of Interest to National Office, along with their CV, a brief bio and an explanation of the skills that they would bring to the Board (Election Statement).  A letter of support from another Full member may also accompany the Expression of Interest.

The elections may be held as either a postal or electronic ballot to enable members to cast their vote. Candidate biographies and election statements will be supplied with voting forms in October.  National Office keeps a tally of the votes, with the successful candidates announced in time for ratification at the Annual General Meeting, to be held in lat October-December each year.

Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa Election

Two (2) members are nominated and endorsed by Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa, ratified by a General Meeting.

The Tangata Whenua Takawaenga o Aotearoa process provides a mechanism for input into the election of Tangata Whenua Board Members from all members through their Roopu and for a final nomination and endorsement to be made based on a consensus from a National Tangata Whenua Hui. The candidate/s are endorsed at a General Meeting of the Association.

In the event that the National Tangata Whenua Hui is not held, the election process will follow the general membership election process.


Up to two people, not necessarily members, who are co-opted by the Governance Board to provide specialised skills that the Board considers are needed to enable it to more effectively govern the Association.

The Standing Orders: Board Charter requires the Board to establish a number of committees with specific responsibilities for aspects of good governance.

Financial Committee 

The Whole Board

Risk Audit Committee 
  • Gray Hughson – Chair
  • Kohi Waihi
  • Rose Henderson
CE Employment Committee 
  • Sally Dalhousie – Chair
  • Rose Henderson
  • Shannon Pakura

Social Justice Committee 

  • Merrill Simmons Hansen
  • Hanny Naus
  • Peter Matthewson
  • Luis Arevalo
  • Sylvia Bagnall
  • Mike Webster
IFSW Aotearoa New Zealand Co-ordinating Body Delegates
  • Luis Arevalo
  • Rose Henderson
  • Peter Matthewson
  • Shannon Pakura
  • Sally Dalhousie
Complaints Advisory Group

This committee is appointed by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Complaints Convenor to  advise the Complaints Convenor.

  • Roger Ngahooro
  • Annette Twyman
  • Trish Hanlen
  • Gregory Winkelmann
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  • Sally Dalhousie– Acting President, Auckland
  • Gray Hughson –  Wellington
  • Kohi Waihi – Wellington
  • Peter Matthewson – Auckland
  • Rose Henderson – Canterbury
  • Wyllis Russell – Manawhenua
  • Luis Arevalo – Canterbury
  • Sharyn Roberts – Ōtautahi
  • Brownie & Pare Rauwhero

The operational work of ANZASW is managed by a small paid team, most of whom are based in the National Office in Christchurch. The team currently consists of:

In addition, ANZASW has contracts with a number of members who undertake key areas of operational work on behalf of the Association. The areas of work include:

  • Editing Publications
  • Continuing Professional Development