Brave New World for Social Work

Social work in Aotearoa New Zealand has entered a pivotal period, providing unprecedented opportunities for collaboration and the enhancement of practice across the sector.
As the professional body for social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand, ANZASW welcomes these changes and will continue to lead from the front to build on the momentum for progress.

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ANZASW backs fair pay for ECE teachers

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 4:14 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The nation’s professional social work body backs early childhood teachers’ campaign to bridge the pay gap between themselves and Kindergarten / pre-school educators. “Social workers recognise the pivotal role that experiences of early childhood play in people’s lives,” Lucy Sandford-Reed, ANZASW Chief Executive said. “Social workers are well […]

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National’s plans risk pushing families further into poverty

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 3:31 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers 30th October 2019 Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) calls on the National party to reconsider policies on social services contained in a discussion document released today. “National needs to take a more evidence and outcomes-focused approach to improving social services and user outcomes,” ANZASW […]

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Climate Change and the threat of Social Disaster

Friday, 27 September 2019, 3:36 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers supports protesters gathered around the country to highlight the dangers of climate change. Climate change is the defining issue of our time, posing potentially catastrophic risks to society- even, in the worst-case scenario, to organised human life itself. “In […]

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Social Workers speaking for themselves

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 1:53 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa Today the Association celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand Social Workers Day 2019, by amplifying the voices of social workers as they share their knowledge of the profession. Their explanations are contained in a film, the first of a series, embedded in […]

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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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