ANZASW on funding to tackle family and sexual violence

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) strongly welcomes the government’s pledge to increase funding to tackle family and sexual violence.The government estimates that around a million people including 300,000 children / tamariki and young people / rangatahi are affected by family and sexual violence every year. We believe that by increasing the much-needed financial support for services that engage with survivors and family / whanau / aiga / fâmili / kâinga at risk, the governmentis taking steps toward acknowledging the seriousness of this long-standing problem in our society.

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ANZASW observes the International Day Against Homophobia…

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers observes the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019.Today, we celebrate sexual and gender diversity in our communities and welcome the fact that more people than ever are free to identify their gender and love whom they choose. We welcome the progress that has occurred, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and worldwide, in terms of these fundamental human rights.

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ANZASW Statement on WEAG report and the need for Welfare Reform

Monday, 6 May 2019, 4:37 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is pleased to have read the recently published report produced by the Welfare Experts Advisory Group (WEAG). “This report is comprehensive, making many compelling points and containing important recommendations, which are very much in line with the thinking […]

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Blog #1 Social Workers and Technology or Technology for Social Workers?

I was listening to a pod cast (this is an amazing website – heaps of great podcasts to listen to) the other day about social work, robots and technology and was very interested in the presenter’s comments. He stated that when the telephone was first invented, social workers were quick to start using it, but now social workers often appear reluctant to use technology. This has also been my observation. I am concerned that social workers are being left behind in the development and the use of various technologies that could enhance our work. I hear social workers saying that social work is about building relationships – but actually it is more than that. It is about making sure that every citizen has the tools, capability and connections to build relationships – and if we think about it like that, maybe technology has more to offer?

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ANZASW Response to MSD Decision on Housing Evictions

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 4:54 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes Housing New Zealand’s (HNZ) decision to clear the debts of those who have been wrongfully evicted for alleged methamphetamine contamination at their homes. It is now clear that the threshold for identifying methamphetamine contamination was far too […]

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ANZASW Statement on Government Response to Tax Working Group Report

Thursday, 18 April 2019, 2:34 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) notes the release of the government’s response to the Tax Working Group (TWG) report this week. The Association appreciates the government’s willingness to explore the issue of fairer taxation as part of the review it commissioned. As we […]

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ANZASW Statement on New Child Poverty Statistics

Friday, 5 April 2019, 1:29 pm Press Release: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) notes the release of the latest figures on child poverty by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ), which provide greater clarity on the severity of one of our most urgent national challenges. The statistics indicate that one in five […]

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