CANCELLED: Opportunity to hear and talk with Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development

Wednesday 1st April 2020, 11.30am – 12.30pm


Please note: We will not be able to add participants to the webinar once it has started – so you will need to be signed in prior to 11.30am

Presenter: Carmel Sepuloni

MP for Kelston, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues; Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples.

Carmel Sepuloni is of Samoan, Tongan and NZ European descent. She was born and raised in Waitara but has lived in Auckland since 1996.

Outside of politics Carmel has worked broadly across the health and education sectors, working as a Literacy Educator with youth in West Auckland, teaching in Samoa, managing equity programmes at the University of Auckland, managing the Pacific non-regulated Pacific health research project and acting as CEO of New Zealand’s only National Pacific health provider, Vaka Tautua.

As the Minister for Social Development and Disability issues Carmel is looking forward to building a fairer welfare system that treats New Zealanders with respect, upholds their dignity and supports them and their families to realise their potential.

Carmel is the mother of two boys aged 5 and 20 years.


Social workers can ask questions of the minister, either directly during the webinar, or by emailing them to Anne at prior to the session. We will be asking the Minister about Scope of Practice, pay parity across the sector, funding for social work services.

Participant Learning Outcomes:

  • Interact with government ministers responsible for social work
  • Have knowledge of government plans for social work
  • Have knowledge of government understanding of the roles of social work

Core Competencies: 5, 8, 9, 10 (possibly)