Suicide Prevention Strategies must address social causes

Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 3:22 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers ANZASW welcomes the release of Every Life Matters, the government’s newly-announced strategy and action plan for suicide prevention, which contains many much-needed initiatives. However, the Association also recognises its omissions; in particular, the wider social and economic factors that can precipitate suicidal behaviour. “Our suicide crisis in not […]

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To improve well-being, Govt must fund NGOs fairly

Thursday, 5 September 2019, 4:39 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The government’s plans to enhance well-being and tackle a number of social challenges in Aotearoa New Zealand are unachievable without the community / NGO sector being properly supported, ANZASW Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed said today. “Non-government social service providers are potential game-changers in communities with the lowest […]

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Real prison justice requires more than punishment

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:24 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes new proposals for prison reform put forward by the Minister of Corrections and non-government organisations recently. In particular, we support the the Hōkai Rangi strategy, announced this week, by the Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa. The […]

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The system, not social workers, is the issue at OT

Friday, 16 August 2019, 4:14 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Association is disappointed at comments made by Minister for Children Tracey Martin about Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Children, this week. “While Minister Martin’s statement partially echoes the Association’s observation in June this year, that systemic issues need to be addressed in relation to uplifts of children […]

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Social Worker Self-Care means Better Services

Thursday, 25 July 2019, 2:36 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Employers take note: social worker self-care means better services An NGO initiative highlights the need for social worker well-being to be at the centre of efforts to improve services, the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) said […]

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Housing Shortage about more than just Under-Supply

Monday, 22 July 2019, 4:13 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers 22nd July 2019 The growing housing shortage crisis about more than supply and demand- it is about inequity. Recently released analysis by Kiwibank shows that last year’s “severe” shortage of housing has worsened, with the shortfall growing from 100,000 to 130,0000 homes- set to hit 150,000 next […]

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ANZASW Backs Sexual Violence Survivors Seeking Justice

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 5:13 pm Press Release: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased that the government has announced that they will provide greater protections to survivors of sexual violence as they seek justice through the courts. “Social workers bear witness to the long-term physical and psychological damage often […]

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A Fairer Go for Carers- but not Fair Enough

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased that the government has corrected aspects of the Funded Family Care policy, but calls for more courageous action. The changes provide parents and partners of those who need a high level of care with income for their mahi; raise the rates received by family carers and enhance the rights […]

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Better Social Work for Māori: A Personal Matariki Reflection by Hori Ahomiro

Tuesday, 25 June 2019, 1:46 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers Delivering better social work for Māori – a personal Matariki reflection Hori Ahomiro Kia ora koutou katoa Today is the beginning of a period known as Matariki, heralded by the sighting of seven stars in the Matariki cluster, which can usually be spotted during atapō (before dawn), […]

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