Reflections on Matariki and Indigenous Models of Social Work

Over recent weeks Matariki was celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Association has produced a short film that celebrates Matariki while reflecting on the development of indigenous models of social work practice and the experience of Tangata Whenua members over their careers. We have tried to present an honest, critically-minded kōrero about the problems of the past which feed into the present, such as colonisation, institutional racism and pākehā domination of the sector, while also acknowledging the progress that has been achieved.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. At ANZASW we believe that elder persons should be honoured, celebrated and, where necessary, protected. On days such as this, we should all be mindful of the struggles that many of our elders face.

The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

Elder abuse can express itself in many ways; broadly speaking, there are three main categories of abuse: financial, physical (including sexual) and psychological.

Neglect- not providing for essential needs- is another form of abuse that is all too common.

The issue of elder abuse and neglect is deeply connected to social justice: no fair society should tolerate the deprivation or mistreatment of those who have contributed to it the longest. For this reason, ANZASW believes that more resources should be put into combating elder abuse and neglect.

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ANZASW Celebrates Social Workers March 2018

This video is the product of several weeks filming with social workers and talking to the public in Wellington and Christchurch.

It is intended to promote the profession and to show a “human face” to social work as well as to correct misperceptions about social workers “taking people’s kids away” which is a popular cliché. 
The film will be shared widely on social media today and over the next few weeks, while other material (including interviews) will be used for shorter promotional pieces which we will look to release in the near future.

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ANZASW Statement on World Social Justice Day

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) today celebrates the World Day of Social Justice.
Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud history of advancing the cause of progress: for example, we hold the distinction as the first nation on earth to grant votes to women thanks to the pioneering struggle of Kate Sheppard and the woman’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century.
Social workers are at the forefront of the fight for human rights and social justice in society; it is a profession that holds these principles at its core.

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ANZASW Media Voice

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