Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – For us, and our children after us, Symposium – Christchurch
Date(s) - 03/03/2020
Sudima Airport Hotel
Presented by ANZASW, Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB)
Location: The Sudima Airport Hotel, 550 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
Registrations Close: Thursday 13th February 2020
One day symposium to explore social work practice with Māori and Pasifika to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development.
Keynote Speaker: Kiritahi Firmin
Ko Aotea me Tainui nga waka
Ko Ruapehu me Taupiri nga maunga
Ko Whanganui me Waikato nga awa
Ko Whanganui me Ngati Maniapoto nga Iwi
Ko Kaiwhaiki me Pohatuiri nga marae
Kiritahi Firmin is founder and CEO of Kimiora Trust.
Over the past 10 years she and her team have been training Maori communities and kura around the country in Kimiora kaupapa. Maori suicide prevention training. Wahine Ora is also another ‘baby’ of hers that has a focus on developing the leadership skills of women affected by sexual and domestic violence. Kiritahi’s team are very proud to say that somewhere in Aotearoa someone is
safer because of their dedication to our people.
Raised on her marae Kaiwhaiki on the Whanganui River, Kiritahi has been involved in business and education for over 20 years. She holds several western degrees, but the most important for her is graduating from her marae where her language, culture and
expertise in Matauranga Maori are her most proudest responsibilities.
Guest Speaker Order:
Sharyn Roberts: Once were Voyagers
There is a well known whakataukī, E kore au e ngaro; he kākano i
ruia mai i Rangiātea I shall never be lost; the seed which was sown from Rangiātea. At the heart of working with Māori is the notion that Māori are descended from greatness and the goal of assessment with Māori is for Māori to live and succeed as Māori
primarily and New Zealanders ultimately; complete with a rich and
diverse cultural identity steeped in tradition that is significant to
Aotearoa New Zealand. To understand assessment with Māori is
to glimpse into the Māori world, the past and the present to ensure the future is secure for successive generations.
Sharyn Roberts is a Tangata Whenua social worker of Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa descent. Sharyn is the Social Work Manager at Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi, a Kaupapa Māori Youth & Community Development Organisation located in Christchurch, where she has worked for the past 13 years outworking her personal area of interest, of Māori succeeding as Māori. Sharyn sits on a number of boards representing tangata whenua social work interests, and is the current President of the ANZASW -Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers.
Gisa Dr. Moses Ma’alo Faleolo – Lafoai o’u lanu mo ai? Toward gang desistance
Leaving the gang for Sāmoan- gang involved youth would be dire.
Something powerful must happen otherwise many would ask:
“lafoai o’u lanu mo ai?” (or dropping my colours for who?).
Just under half of the Sāmoan gang involved youth I spoke with
did leave their gang not only for themselves but also for others.
Moses is a NZ born Sāmoan (Falelima & Saleaula, Savai’i; Leusoali’i, Upolu). His “Gisa” paramount chief title was bestowed on him from the village of Falelima in 2017. He is a registered social worker, a former youth justice social worker turned academic. His PhD is the only one of its kind, called “Hard! Hard! Solid! Life histories of Sāmoans in Bloods Youth Gangs in New Zealand”. He has published nationally and internationally. In 2019, he received a prestigious Marsden Fast Start Grant for a three year project called “Toward a Pacific criminological theory: Life histories of Sāmoan people’s involvement in gangs in Oceania”.
Dr. Yvonne Crichton-Hill: “I don’t want to put up with this bullshit anymore”: Holistic emancipatory and indigenous ethnic approaches to intimate partner violence.
Building on research about women’s experiences of moving away from intimate partner violence, this presentation explores how an intersectional view can contribute to a greater understanding about the complexity of women’s violent relationship experience. This work will be placed within a framework of recognising the impact of professional and intellectual colonisation. Content covered in this presentation will be applicable to work across the family violence arena.
Dr. Yvonne Crichton Hill is a Senior Lecturer with the Social Work programme at the University of Canterbury. Her social work background is in family violence work and in work with Pacific communities. She holds advisory and governance roles across both government (mainstream and Pacific) non government organisations in the health, justice, and family violence sectors. She is a member of the Barnardos national board.
Miriama Scott -Time and space: the challenge to upholding rangatiratanga in social work practice.
The presentation explores how contractual obligations and perception can constrain the ability of tangata whenua social work
practitioners to exercise rangatiratanga and how time and space are utilized when engaging with whānau Māori. Ko tenei te wa is a
phrase that is used to mean now is the time. This does not imply
that time is measured, rather time is right for whatever needs to
take place. The use of time and space is regarded differently,
particularly in the distance between whānau and social work practitioner as connections are made. The traversing of space and time is integral to the quality of the engagement and the corresponding connections. The purpose of our mahi is to engage and connect effectively with whānau/tangata whenua therefore time and space must be perceived differently.
Miriama is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitāne descent and Scottish and English descent. She is a registered social worker with a background in Sociology. Her passion and commitment are to progress tangata whenua knowledge and skills, and to challenge generic services, where the legitimacy to practice as the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa may be present. Miriama is also committed to tautoko (support) all indigenous peoples in the same endeavours. Mauriora!
Registrations Close: Monday 3 February 2020