3. TIKANGA / CULTURE
3.1 The Association demonstrates commitment to work within a bicultural partnership by:
3.1.1 ensuring that the Association is underpinned by Te Tiriti O Waitangi; and
3.1.2 promoting an indigenous identity for social work in Aotearoa New Zealand.
3.2 Social Work is defined as:
A practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.
3.3 Ethical practice and natural justice
The Association develops and maintains a Code of Ethics, which is consistent with the International Federation of Social Workers’ Statement of Ethical Principles (“IFSW”).
The Association’s complaints, disputes, grievance, mediation and disciplinary procedures for members are conducted in accordance with the principles of natural justice as described in Bylaws.
4.1 The purposes of the Association are to:
4.1.1 Advance social justice, human rights and human dignity by:
a.informing society at large of social injustices, challenging oppression and acting to change structures that perpetuate injustice; and
b. promoting collective responsibility for human rights, social justice and human dignity;
4.1.2 Provide a national organisation for professional social workers to (re)present their views on social policy and practice, and to protect their interests and public standing by:
a. establishing the minimum requirements for membership;
b. maintaining the Code of Ethics, which is congruent with the IFSW Statement of Ethical Principles;
c. promoting and advocating for the profession of social work;
d. promoting, co-ordinating, and delivering continuing professional development opportunities for members;
e. publishing journals, monographs, directories, or other publications;
f. encouraging and promoting research on all aspects of social work;
g. facilitating forums for social workers to discuss matters of common interest;
h. forming affiliations with other national and international social work organisations and cooperating wherever possible with kindred organisations;
i. maintaining procedures for resolving disputes between members in their capacity as members and between members and the Association;
j. maintaining procedures for resolving complaints concerning alleged misconduct and disciplining members (who are not subject to discipline by the Social Workers Registration Board);
k. insuring Association property against loss or damage and indemnify and insure officers, members and employees. Officers, members and employees include duly appointed or elected committee members and those charged with the Association’s complaints and dispute procedures;
l. providing services under contract for other organisations with interests in the development and maintenance of competent social work practice; and
m. doing anything necessary or helpful to achieve these purposes.
 The Global Definition of Social Work developed by IFSW, IASSW and ICSW, adopted in July 2014