ANZASW Important Announcement: Chief Executive Resignation

The Board of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) reluctantly announces the resignation of our long serving Chief Executive, Lucy Sandford-Reed. Lucy has served the association as CE for 11 years. During her time with the association, Lucy has absolutely invested herself to increasing the recognition and enhancement of the social work profession, and for this the Board […]

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Aotearoa New Zealand Social Workers’ Day 2020

Today is Aotearoa New Zealand Social Workers’ Day for 2020! 2020 has been a difficult and unprecedented year and has presented many challenges for people, both personally and professionally. It has been a year where social workers have been required to adapt and reimagine the way they deliver the incredible services they provide. ANZASW is extraordinarily proud of social workers […]

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ANZASW celebrates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

ANZASW is pleased to acknowledge and celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020 which took place yesterday (Sunday 9 August). The theme, as set by the UN, for this year’s celebration is Covid-19 and Indigenous People’s Resilience. The theme hopes to recognise the knowledge and understanding that indigenous peoples around the world have in regard to the relationship […]

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ANZASW Statement: Response to the chief ombudsman’s investigation He Take Kōhukihuki: A Matter of Urgency

ANZASW is pleased to respond to the ombudsman’s investigation report released yesterday, 6 August 2020. The report is based on an investigation period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2019. Issues raised in the report reflect concerns that have been present within the community for several years now. ANZASW supports and welcomes the recommendations and believes that if successfully […]

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ANZASW Statement: Reflections on the Case of Ruby Knox

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 3:44 pm Press Release: Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) believes that the review into the murder of Ruby Knox by her mother in 2016, published this month, raises serious issues that should be urgently addressed. The case highlights the need for more services and quality respite to […]

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ANZASW Statement on World Day for International Justice

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 3:31 pm Press Release: ANZASW The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the World Day for International Justice. This year’s celebration coincides with the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Rome Statute, the treaty which brought the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first permanent criminal tribunal with a global scope, into being. ANZASW recognises […]

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ANZASW Statement on Nurses Strike

Monday, 16 July 2018, 2:52 pm Press Release: ANZASW   The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to once again express its solidarity with nurses who have been engaged in industrial action. Nurses, like social workers, play an irreplaceable role in society, offering vital preventative services and standing with people during times of acute crisis. They are undervalued […]

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ANZASW Statement on the Practice of “Gay Conversion Therapy” in Aotearoa NZ

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to communicate its strong opposition to the practice of so-called “gay conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative therapy,” in Aotearoa New Zealand. An investigation into the subject by TVNZ documented individuals in several locations appearing to offer conversion services; ANZASW has seen online advertisements for this form of “counselling” in […]

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