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  • I like the new website, it is bright and easy to use 🙂

  • annette22

    Looking forward to exploring the new website 🙂

  • So far so good. Easy enough to navigate around and like the personal touches we can make.

  • jobysebastian

    New to ANZASW… Feels great !!!

  • Oh so WAY BETTER…I am sure this will encouarge new membership. Well done?
    Na Paora

  • Paora Moyle

    And may the force be with you both. I’m so very pleased to this move. Nga mihi nui Paora

  • Karen Shepherd

    Kia ora Paora.

  • Paora Moyle

    And for those TW social workers who want to talk more about this renewed direction, come do so at

  • Kieran O'Donoghue

    Congratulations Anaru and Karen, all the best for the roles you have taken on and for your co-leadership.

  • David McNabb

    Kia ora korua, go well as you lead our profession for its next chapter.

  • Fantastic Anaru raua ko Karen. All the best as you walk beside ANZASW members to challenge the policymakers, lawmakers and anyone else who needs to know about social justice and social change.

  • These are such important steps-how great is a revolution for when we can dream it we can move that dream into action. I look to a active membership engaged in reimagining social work and the role of an association.

  • Congratulations Anaru raua ko Karen. Anaru I have all the confidence in you; you have the passion and drive to bring about new challenges and changes. Two persons is better than one Biculturalisim in Practice to the for front. Kia Kaha Kia Maia Kia Manawanui.

  • Congratulations Anaru raua ko Karen. Anaru I have all the confidence in you; you have the passion and drive to bring about new challenges and changes. Kia Kaha Kia Maia Kia Manawanui.

  • New Changes can only be good kia kaha kia maia kia manawanui

  • Congratulations, May the challenge be rewarding to you both and help the association to remain relevant to its members and continue to be a voice to advocate for social justice.

  • Virginia Wright

    Please be upfront about reasons for increasing membership fees.
    Of course it is about raising more funds!! Saying so acknowledges the intelligence of members. Saying it is not, does the opposite!

    I am sure the reasons given are genuine and important, but so is transparency that any increase in fees is just that – an increase to raise funds.

    I wish the board all the best. However, this does not give me confidence that members will be treatedas colleagues, as we should be.

    • Rhian

      The fee increase is way more, % wise ,than a average wage increase . most of your proposals are on line base and limited in the amount of resources needed .
      I got a cent hr wage increase this year and wage talk will not take place again for another 3 years for my employers so there is not more money coming into our pay packets.
      Between ANZASW and SWRB this would put the yearly fees over $700 a year ,and with employers tighten the budgets .if you can offer a $40 discount for early payment then why does the fee need to be so hight.
      $52 a year increase to much
      I wonder if this is a way to loss more members

  • Natasha Hofmans

    Ngaa mihi tino mahana ki a koorua. That both of you are co-leading ANZASW together is one of the brightest things that has happened to our profession. Kia ora!

  • Jacob Verbeek

    Kia ora Karen & Anaru! I think the vision developed is exactly what is needed at this time. I appreciate the clarity that the three key priority goals bring and the transparency offered in this post! Congratulations and kia kaha as you carry forth the mantle!

  • David McNabb

    Congratulations to the new editorial collective. Going online seems a timely initiative that will help our local and wider social work community publish and learn. Kia kaha!

  • Thanks David- its a big job but we have a fantastic team and plenty of ideas!

  • Thanks for your support of this David. And thanks also to the Editorial collective. Yes you have a big job ahead of you Liz but you have a good team working on this together. Nga Mihi

  • Jude Douglas

    Thanks and best wishes to the editorial collective for the task ahead. Great to see our journal align with the ideals of the open access movement – social justice and sustainability. Looking forward to the first issue!

  • Natasha Hofmans

    Kia ora and welcome to the ten strong collective! I celebrate the time, thinking and discussion you have all put into this as well as the collective nature and collaboration. An exciting move and while I will dearly miss the hard copy journals I look forward to what emerges from this move.

  • Josephine Faragher

    He mihi miharo kia korua i ou korua mahi kotahi.
    Ma pango ma whero ka oti ae te mahi.
    Congratulations to you both as you forge ahead as the collective voice of ANZASW.
    Anything is possible when we work as one together.

  • Kia ora -Acknowledging the power in your wero and the essential principles in balance, of tika, pono, and aroha in any effort.
    Acknowledging the evergreen invitation in what it is to be kaitiaki in a Te Tiriti o Waitangi informed society and this as tangata whenua, as tangata Te Tiriti and how these relationships inform social work.
    Acknowledging I/we stand here in the legacies of others- and they as ‘distant travellers’ remain available to us.

    Slainte (together we find abundant wellness)

  • Karen Shepherd

    Thanks for your comments and apologies if our blog post is misleading or unclear in any way.
    Yes a fee increase will create more funds. It will create funds to cover the ever increasing cost of base line services and to assist us as an association to be able to cover our bills.
    As a board we grappled for some time about whether we should increase fees or instead drastically reduce services and functionality of the association in order to continue to function. Clearly we opted for a fee increase after members had indicated that they sought a stronger and more present voice in their association not a further diminished one.
    However in increasing this fee we are ever mindful of the low pay rates and financial stress within our communities, for those in paid employment as well as those who are not. We are mindful of the challenges this may bring and have some further innovative ideas (which are no way near developed or fully thought through yet to announce as this time) to mitigate against fee payment hardship and to support those of our members who would find this $1 a week increase un-affordable.
    As a board we felt it important that if fees increased, to cover essential costs, that we also consider new ways of doing some things and ensured that this extra $1 did not just ‘disappear’, but could be shown to being effectively used in creating changes.
    We hope our strategic plan reflects to members a new vision forward and over time we will continue to roll out announcements demonstrating more of the changes we envisage to support our membership, voice and CPD.
    Apologies again if our initial blog did not put this in a way which was clear enough.
    Please keep your comments coming however,; the Association is all of us, and we value feedback, engagement and participation of all members as we re-imagine our association into the next 50 years.
    Nga mihi nui

  • Wheturangi Black

    From all of us at TKA, we too acknowledge the wero in this blog. Powerful Paora…and I hope that people can rise to it! Thank you for lighting up the pathway.

  • Te Wharewaiata Webster

    My thoughts are none of the above made any sense. I work in an adolescent mental health unit starship hospital. These young people are our future kaumatua sad to say they will not reach that age as they and their whanau are struggling to live under this cruel system that diminishes our Walrua.
    We are the doers the ones at the bottom of everyone’s Maunga trying to keep them on their waka.
    All of yous out there who talk at these conferences you haven’t a clue what’s happening in your back yard
    Our unit also provides guidance for mothers suffering with a mental illness
    You all don’t know what you’d ate talking about
    I work with a brilliant multidisciplinary team as culture advisor and they hold
    The answers to the well-being of our
    Maori people
    We live it breath it walk the talk
    Our young people need our help now
    Help them first then we all can grow
    In harmony
    I acknowledge their are serious racists issues that’s why our dynamic team work within the structures set up to honour the principles of our Treaty of Waitangi
    A conference like this should be set up for indigenous elders and rangatahi
    Then our Pepi will not be harmed if we return to our roots

    • Tena koe Te Wharewaiata

      It is so good that you had the couarge to respond to this blog. Indeed I wish more of our people would do so. The Healing Our Spirit Worldwide hui went for a week and had the crème de la crème healers from multiple Indigenous nations around the world. Some were academics, many were just grass-root healers, steeped in their own traditional rongoa knowledge and methods. There were many kaumatua from those nations attending, including many of Aotearoa’s most esteemed kaumatua. There were also as many rangatahi from all walks of life and abilities who spoke out and performed. They talked at length about mental health issues and much of the conference centered on whakamomori and its impact upon our people. There would also have been representatives from your place of work attending. So I think these people do “have a clue about what is going on in our own backyards.”
      I’m sorry the blog didn’t make sense to you. Not everyone ‘gets’ institutional racism and how it works under the radar within organisations, hence the point of the blog. Perhaps share it with your team and see if someone else could explain their perspective of it to you. ‘Step Up or Step Aside’ is the heart intention of the blog…encouraging our own, young and old to speak up about their experiences, their truth… be they right or wrong, without them being knocked back for having the courage to do so.
      Mauri ora, Paora Crawford Moyle.

  • Thanks Luis.
    Am looking forward to the merging of our fb presence into one strong voice together.
    Nga mihi

  • Kiaora koutou for your comments.
    Anaru and I very much looking forward to working with each other and discovering how this partnership in leadership can support the development of a stronger tangata whenua and tauiwi partnership across our association and within in all our social work practice environments.
    Nga mihi

  • Kia ora everyone, a friendly reminder ANZASW’s FaceBook page will be closing on the 14th of December. The new /rebranded ANZASW Facebook Group can be found at:
    We urge you do join the new/rebranded ANZASW Facebook group so that you can continue to receive our updates.

  • Jude Douglas

    Good stuff Luis. Exciting range of actions here and it’s just so fantastic to have you coordinating our collective voice on important issues. Nga mihi, Jude Douglas.

  • Thanks Jude, really appreciate your comments. It is so exciting to be part of it.

  • David Tolich

    Well done. It is the responsibility of all Social Workers to oppose the TTP. It will undermine Maori Sovereignty, New Zealand Sovereignty, the ability of one parliament to bind a future parliament i.e. parliamentary sovereignty, and basic Human Rights as set out in the NZ Bill of Rights Act and the UN Charters on Human Rights.
    The agreement was negotiated in secrecy.
    It gives power to Transnational Corporations to challenge anything that they see as impinging on their interests in the NZ Polity. We need to remember the Multi-lateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) that was nearly adopted internationally. The MAI was stopped when the French government withdrew from the negotiations. Many local authorities adopted positions declaring there territorial areas as being MAI free zones. We need to now create new TPP free zones in Aotearoa New Zealand. The TPP ignores both the Spirituality of the peoples of the Earth. It commodifies people and puts them under the mantle of neo-liberal economics. The people are the subjects of economics not the objects. The wairua present in Papatuanuku cannot be abused and violated.

  • Bill Pringle

    Great to see ANZASW taking a position on the TPP issue that has the potential to further marginalise the already disenfranchised.

  • Penny Bright

    Looking forward to as many members of your organisation as possible helping to pack Queen Street tomorrow lunchtime from 12 noon Aotea Square – to Britomart (NOT Sky City) 1pm.

    For a peaceful, family-friendly march, of thousands of concerned Kiwis, which will show this John Key led National Government, (and the watching world) that we, the people, do NOT want this pro-corporate TPPA.

    Penny Bright
    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.
    (Who does NOT support NZ signing the TPPA).

  • Claire Coveney

    What a rewarding path you have followed. Congratulations Pauline. I have just met a lovely dedicated person like u in nepal. His name is Samir. The voluntary group is all the best xclaire

  • Jean Lamusse

    Agree it is great that ANZASW is taking a stand on this one and that each and every social worker should take a stand against TPPA

  • Cynthia Spittal

    Thank you for crafting this release on our behalf. It is very important for social workers to be actively engaged in this major concern.

  • Virginia Wright

    Great that ANZASW is representing us publicly and well. Thank you!

  • Thank you everyone for your support.

  • Thank you Claire for those lovely words and the link

  • Karen Shepherd

    This sounds a wonderful focus for our journal and the opportunity for social workers who are out in their communities using innovating and creative practice to share with us all and tell us what we are doing. Ka Pai.
    Thanks to our editorial team for their innovation in this 🙂

  • Michele

    I don’t agree with such a massive fee increase when this membership doesn’t seem to give you much as a member. The website is not user friendly and there are no opportunities that warrant the current let alone an increase. If SWRB are undertaking competency, then I can see a lot of people, who are not having their fees paid through employment asking the question what do I get for memnership? Anzasw seems to be motivated by the people who work tirelessly to advocate for social work within self directed groups/lots of unpaid work for publish. I think focus needs to be what are the true benefits are for anzasw members – extra funds for IT? Another sad reality of socially driven expectations.

  • Dawn Jefferies

    It is getting to a point fiscally when agencies are going to have to consider whether paying for their staff to be members of both the ANZASW and the SWRB is financially viable…if I personally had to pay out of my pocket there is no way I could afford to be members of both…

  • Adrienne Baird

    Kia ora Karen and Anaru
    I appreciate the decisions which have been made by the Board in consultation with members and the open, friendly and transparent way in which those decisions have been communicated. While it is a struggle for members on low salaries to pay both ANZASW and SWRB fees, the reality is that this is politicial! Sometime in the recent past Lucy made available a chart which illustrated the fees paid by other professional groups and it seemed to me that ANZASW membership fees were modest by comparison. If we want recognition of our profession and the corresponding benefits we are obliged to participate in ANZASW to raise those issues, debate them and make them known to politicians. Before this however, it is my belief that we must work at a personal level and as Association members, with and alongside whanau and community advocacy groups to raise the issues and bring about change for those most marginilised by the current and historical policies of the state.

  • BEW

    Hello. I feel that it is vital that further information is presented as to the situation that led to three board members leaving due to the behaviour of a fourth board member. The email alerting members to this was vague and left the impression of a major disruption to the board’s membership. As a member (currently), I expect to be told who that problematic board member was and what behaviour they undertook which led to the exit of the other board members. The minutes of 12 Feb are inadequate as the departures of the additional three board members is not described. Please update.

  • I agree with BEW that more information about the present Board resignations is required.

  • Deane Davies

    Kia Ora. I too agree we as members deserve to be told the whole story in regard to the board member who transgressed. Please tell all. Also in relation to fee increase: increasing fees is likely to lose members in the long run – the choice will soon be to go with the SWRB as this is mandatory for some of us now and more will follow at some point. I accept the rational for increasing the fees but believe the board needs to prove to us that they can deliver bang for that buck – if not then what. ANZASW cannot keep asking for more but not deliver on outcomes promised.

  • Posted on behalf of KAREN MERRETT
    Thank you for forwarding the Board Statement email of today’s date to members today 5th April 2016.

    However again I am strongly of the opinion that the ANZASW Board, which has been appointed on behalf of and to serve the interests of its (paid) members, has once again continued practicing a lack of transparency and increased rhetoric in this response to enquiry from members.

    For example, on the one hand this Board Statement April 2016 advises members:
    “That in our opinion if would be inappropriate to disclose further information which could result in further breach of confidentiality, however all board meeting minutes (with the exception of board only time) are available to all members on our ANZASW website.”

    However if members explore the site and view the minutes of the meeting 12 December 2015, they may only note that while section 1.2 states:
    1.2 Opening Remarks
    It was noted that there were some difficult conversations to be had. The ANZASW values need to be the guide for these conversations. The Board needs to live and breathe the values.

    Section 1.4 further states:

    1.4 Conflict of Interest
    The meaning of ‘conflict of interest’ was queried.
    The CE read the Section from the Standing Orders: Board Charter in relation to conflicts of interest.
    No conflicts of interest were declared.

    The question which has been asked and remains begging for an answer, clearly remains: If no conflicts of interest were declared, then why have three honourable Board Members handed their immediate resignation on the basis of what must have been considered a serious breach of confidentiality for them to do so?

    Furthermore why are remaining ANZASW Board Members continuing to hide behind smoke-screens alluding to “legal advice” and interpretations of ‘Standing Orders’ in order to withhold valid information from its membership; thereby appropriating themselves as power holders of information and by that very act implying that the membership does not have the professional capacity to be entrusted with information that affects our choices both in voting and in choosing to be members of such an association?

    I for one am appalled at the process or rather lack of due process which remaining members of the ANZASW Board have elected to pursue in its handling on this matter and would hope that more transparent information about events which have taken place at a Board level since December 2015 may be dispersed to members prior to the SGM in Wellington in April, which is due to take place approximately one week before our next annual membership payments are due I believe.

    Yours sincerely

    Karen Merrett
    SWRB Registered Social Worker
    ANZASW Member

    • Dawn Jefferies

      I totally agree with your post and for me it is a vote of no confidence in regard to the board we have ..the way they have handled this matter….and the lack of information supplied in regard to this serious breach

  • Susan Fitzgerald

    Thank you Karen, I totally agree with your stance in this instance .

  • I share your sentiments Karen. I have personally been very disappointed to not receive any acknowledgement or response to an email sent to the co-chairs about a board members’s attacks on members in social media and the dissemination of misleading and insulting comment on colleagues’ research work. I have suffered personal impact from this behaviour. No apology has been made for the breach of confidentiality , which was quite appalling, and the misleading and insulting posts continue to be visible in the association’s communications.

    I am not able to attend the SGM but have given my proxy to a colleague and I urge members to do the same. I expect board members to be modelling respectful and transparent communication, not hiding behind obfuscation.

    Liz Beddoe

  • Kia ora koutou,

    We feel compelled to respond to two statements made in the most recent communication from the ANZASW board about our resignation.

    Firstly, with regard to the board statement:

    That as current board members we are unable to speak in specifics or in details as to why three members chose to resign in January 2016, and it would be inappropriate to speculate on their individual reasons. As a board we too were all saddened by these resignations and the loss of expertise from around our table.

    We think we made our reasons perfectly clear in our letter of resignation to the Board and in the shorter message circulated to all ANZASW members (copied below):

    Further to the recent communication about resignations from the ANZASW governance board, this message is intended to clarify the situation with regard to the three board members Jane Maidment (elected), Simon Lowe (elected) and Neil Ballantyne (co-opted). All three of us resigned from the ANZASW Board reluctantly and for the same reasons. The reasons concerned a significant breach in the confidentiality of board discussions, a series of statements made by another board member (widely disseminated on social media) concerning the integrity of ourselves, our colleagues and our association. Following a period of reflection, we considered that to continue as board members was very likely to put ourselves and our reputations at further risk. In these circumstances we were of the view that the board was no longer a safe place for collegial discussion, and that we had no other choice but to resign.

    In the bullet point that immediately follows the one above, the board communication demonstrates that they are perfectly aware of why we chose to resign:

    That as President and Tumuaki, we followed what we believed was an ethical and sound process in addressing the issue of a breach of confidentiality, ensuring this breach was understood by the member and that reparatory action was undertaken. In hindsight it would appear that lack of any induction onto the board may have been in part responsible for this breach of confidentiality. There has been NO further breach of confidentiality or any further cause of concern in respect of board members’ behaviour since January 2016.

    We are curious what this “reparatory action” could have been when the blog post that precipitated our resignation remains on the board members blog site:

    Surely if the board member in question felt any responsibility or regret for the breach of confidentiality, or the distortions and allegations made, then the blog post would have been taken down? Instead, this board member has added another post, this time castigating ANZASW members engaged in the process of democratic decision-making and stating that:

    And now we face a half-informed motion of “no confidence” from some very well positioned Pākehā members.

    The code of ethics for the governance of the ANZASW board includes the statement that board members should:

    Not make, comment, issue, authorise, offer or endorse any public criticism or statement having or designed to have an effect prejudicial to the best interests of Aotearoa New Zealand Social Workers Association.

    Board members need to hold each other to account for their behaviour, and if not then the membership must hold the board to account. Colleagues, it is time for this damaging and divisive kōrero to stop, it is time for the governance of our association to be returned to its members. We look forward to the SGM and to the exercise of the democratic will of our association.

    Ngā Mihi,

    Neil Ballantyne, Jane Maidment & Simon Lowe

    • Dawn Jefferies

      I think the way this serious breach has been handled is a disgrace!!! we have lost 3 valued and skilled board members because of this breach…and now paying members are being kept in the dark with no reassurance this will not happen again… so the one person who caused the breach is being protected and we lose 3 of the best board members we have had…well its a vote of no confidence from me…and i will be reviewing my ANZASW membership…does it have any value to me…is it serving me as a paying member??
      I see this whole thing as badly handled

  • Esteban Espinoza

    If members are unhappy pls stand for the next AGM.

  • Amy Ross

    I agree with your comments Karen. The board statement made me really angry as it was exactly like a piece of spin you may recieve from a politician, not an open and honest discussion. If not for my respect for staff and for the potential of ANZASW I would have resigned immediately. Its crunch time for ANZASW now, we need to sort this out get back to our mahi of advocating for and educating social workers.

  • Thanks Neil for sharing the ‘taking a hit for calling out racism’ blog. Whilst I appreciate that you do not agree with its content, there is nothing “distorted or alleged” about my experience of being ‘taken to task’ inside that Board meeting. In the same way you remind me (above) about my obligation to the “code of ethics for the governance of the ANZASW board.” And how I expect I will be ‘taken to task’ at the coming SGM (sigh).

    It might help to know that I adhere to both Maori as well as Pakeha ethical guidelines. Confidentiality is a Pakeha construct that can protect abuse as well as the abused. I will always be firstly accountable to my own people, which means, when anyone of my whanau is transgressed (including myself), I will not be silent about it.

    In the same way, I will not be silent about racism and privileged positioning within NZ social work. A neon example being, that tangata whenua can be democratically voted onto the ANZASW Board by its tangata whenua membership, only to be voted off by tauiwi.

    I think it is incredibly sad and the epitome of privileged positioning that the very members who continue to talk about ‘my’ having damaged their professional reputations, could be perceived as doing exactly the same to the remaining Board members; whom only three months ago they sat in unity with.

    To my fellow Board members, truly honorable people and as dedicated to the Association as any have been before; who collectively have provided many years of faithful and competent service to social work and ANZASW. “Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.”

    Now I am interested in focusing on ‘infinitely’ more important issues such as the release of final CYF review report which bought tears to myself and my colleagues when we see the stealth that will result from this report to further alienate whakapapa from whanau. The termination of the ‘ti’ in tikanga!

    Na Paora Moyle. See you all at the SGM.

  • Simon Lowe


    You make your comment directly to Neil despite the post being sent from Neil, Jane and myself.

    I refuse to enter into this any further until the SGM.

  • Paula Chamberlain

    thanks Paora for your response. See you at the SGM

  • Lorraine Smith

    Thanks for your response Paora. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui i roto i te huarahi tika!!

  • Marlana Maru, SWRB Registered Social Worker, ANZASW Member

    Tēnā koutou katoa,
    He uri ahau tēnei nō Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa hoki.
    As a member of ANZASW I have until now mostly observed from the sideline. Until now I have chosen to refrain from entering into this particular discussion forum, and not react or respond publically. However, I have been reminded that my silence can be seen as further supporting a mono-cultural privileged position and further marginalise tangata whenua. I would like to categorically state that I am supportive of the board’s actions and decision to respond to the confidentiality breach. Do I need to know exactly how this was addressed, no. I am also supportive of the blog posts mentioned earlier in the comments thread. Why? I have been a member of the Association for a few years now, and my position and voice has not been reflected by the board until now. Now we have someone that has the courage to ask the difficult questions and to publically challenge issues such as racism and white privilege. This in turn gives me the courage to speak publically in forums such as this.
    Ngā mihi nui ki ā koe e Paora!
    Nā Marlana Maru

  • John Tumanako

    Kia ora,
    We have been following your blogs with interest for quite some time and although I am not an ANZASW member, I have considered joining since seeing your unrelenting voice for our people. Nga mihi to Marlana above and others for their support of you. I still remember how inspired our wananga of 50 tauira were after you presented your journey to us with such passion. You even inspired a waiata to be written for you. You have our faith and our tautoko to keep representing us all. Nowhere have I read or heard any korero from you that presents as injurious to any person’s reputation. What I see is you challenging the critical issues for our people and for tangata whenua practitioners in social work. You are carry yourself in a tika, pono, aroha way and we understand that sometimes tauiwi and tangata whenua ethics are polarised. I too support the current Board and the way in which they appear to have used a relational model of whanaungatanga to address any concerns. In social work, we have an ethical code which means ‘be ethical.’ It means when you get a critique of your ethics, whether it is in research or in practice, you take a good hard look at yourself. You don’t whine that you are the one being wronged. You can’t call yourself an advocate for social justice and at the same time complain because your privilege and unethical research behaviour are being challenged. You step up to the mat and get back in alignment with anti-oppression and anti-racism. You do not, in response, draw upon the power of your privileged position to become more oppressive under some misguided belief that you hold a moral high ground, because you don’t.
    What sanction were these people wanting or still seeking from you? Regardless, of those who seek to take you down, you are a rangatira in this mahi and you have done what we asked of you.
    Mauri ora e Paora
    Nga mihi John Tumanako

  • Liz Beddoe

    Is it relational to completely ignore people’s emails and requests for action? Is it relational to go straight to very public attack without at least trying to have a conversation? Is it relational to accuse colleagues of not answering valid and important questions when they did in fact go to great pains to do so? And took abuse in the process.
    You and I have a different understanding of what it means to be relational.

  • Everything I have ever written and talked about is publically available. People can determine for themselves the truth of my korero. I will not apologise for my lived-experience or expression of it. I will not take down any one of my blogs, which do not “publicly attack” any person. I have always been open to talking through the issues, but not in a way where I am ‘taken to task’ and told what I can and cannot say. Regardless of anyone’s opinion, it took considerable thought and courage on my part to go public about the many faces of racism in social work. It continues to take resolute courage. I was elected onto the Board by tangata whenua to represent them and I believe I have done so. I have never been “abusive” to anyone and if it is said that I have, then I ask the evidence be presented and I will be accountable to the tangata whenua membership and to the SWRB. Nga mihi nui Paora Crawford Moyle.

  • Shelley Kirk

    Here’s my view on this. ANZASW is supposed to be our professional body with Board members who uphold the values and practice of SW. I do not see much of this being demonstrated with the lack of transparency and accountability with regards to breaches in confidentiality of board matters, the management of this event, the loss of board members and how we are to move forward.

    Social work has a value of social justice which is about challenging systems and processes not having personalized ‘bitchfests’ within our own profession. Are we not meant to be modeling respectful difference. Publically trashing our peers, in my book, does not equate with positive role modeling.

    Recently I voted for a clean slate for our board to start again fresh – our credibility as a professional group is at stake here folks!!! In-fighting and publicizing it is an embarrassment. I am assuming our constitution is a process that has been agreed upon by the profession so this is what needs to be upheld or modified if it is not reflecting the values and practice that our board should be modeling.

    I want to acknowledge that everyone’s view is valid – not necessarily right nor wrong but sometimes different; and the relational aspect is about coming to a place of respectful agreement regardless of ethnicity, gender, cultural, religious or other viewpoints. Bi-cultural values are embedded within SW practice – when these may not be evident there are more respectful ways of addressing this issue.

    ANZASW has bigger fish to fry – what about getting politically vocal about the things that are going to impact on how we work with the people we are trying to provide a service to. Is that not the point of SW after all???

    • Phill

      I agree Shelley. We as a group of PROFESSIONALS need to be working as one here. There are huge issues out there right now ,such as the review of CYF and what that means for all of us. We as a profession have been silent and dictated to, for too long from a group of people in Wellington who think they know what works best-why are we listening to these people? They are not trained Social Workers. Do Engineers take advice from Real estate agents when they are building a bridge? As a group we need to be speaking up for our profession and supporting and growing a professional body that can hold its own.
      We need ANZASW to be offering us a place to belong and a professional body that is providing our profession with the training ,support and innovative practice that we require.
      I, for one am tired of our profession being looked upon as a bunch of do- gooders out there drinking coffee and ‘thinking’ we are making a difference. We actually have to do what works and there is plenty of evidence out there that states what does work-we just need to do more of it. If you are practicing in a way that is not useful-please stop and move to a place where you can practice in a way that actually is effective. I am really questioning my future in this profession over all this and want to be proud of this Social Workers title-do you?

  • Paora Moyle

    Well professionalism is just more white privileged positioning when you have a proffesional body that will not address its internal racism.

  • David McNabb

    Great work team! This will help share the good news about social work in Aotearoa.

  • Caz Thomson

    Hi, Is there any way of printing it out to read? Not only do I prefer a hard copy, it’s easier to cart around and read it when I have a spare moment.

  • Neil Ballantyne

    Sure Caz, you can download the pdfs of each article and print them off.

    See here for a hint

  • George Chikono

    What are the requirements for registration with the Social workers Board?

  • Who woudnt want a qualified, professional accountable for their practice?

  • I agree who wouldn’t want a qualified professional working with them.