New President and Tumuaki announced for ANZASW

Tena koutou katoa,

Nga mihi nui ki te tangata katoa o ANZASW

Ka tangi te tītī
Ka tangi te kākā
Ka tangi hoki ahau

Ko Ruahine te pae maunga

Ko Manawatu te awa

Ko kurahaupo te waka

Ko Rangitaane te iwi

Ko Tauiwi toku iwi

Ko Rongotea toku Kainga inainei

Ko Karen Shepherd toku ingoa

Ko Te Kaharoa me Makomako ngā Marae

Ko Ngati Maahanga me Ngati Te Wehi ngā Hapu

Ko Pirongia raua ko Karioi ngā maunga

Ko Waitetuna e tere atu te wai ki Waipa ano ki Waikato awa

Ko Waikato te iwi

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Anaru Gray toku ingoa

Karen Shepherd and Anaru Gray

Karen Shepherd and Anaru Gray

 We are delighted to introduce ourselves to you, as your newly appointed President and Tumuaki of the ANZASW Governance Board.  It is with humility and a sense of pride that we stand alongside each other to share in the leadership of the ANZASW Board.  While we stand together in this role, we acknowledge many who have previously stood as President of ANZASW.  Among the many forces that are currently shaping and influencing social work practice in Aotearoa NZ and the communities we work within, it is an honour to have been selected for the President and Tumuaki role.

As a statement to again confirm and demonstrate the aspiration for bicultural practice to be at the heart of ANZASW and of all social work practice in Aotearoa NZ, and after two days of reinvigorating, reimagining and reconsidering the leadership and operations of ANZASW, the Governance Board has made a decision to work with a co-leadership model of leadership: Tangata Whenua and Treaty Partner, standing alongside one another: Together we are strong.

In our two days of board meetings on 29 and 30 October 2015, after much consultation with members and consideration, the Board planned a new way forward, a transforming of our Association in response to the financial challenges we have been managing and working with over many years.  It is a vision which will see ANZASW sustainable and strong and continuing into the future despite current fiscal, social and political forces.  We envisage a future where we stand together throughout the motu and support each other as professional social workers as we all work with the families, whanau, hapu, iwi and communities which we serve.  A move to co-leadership is the first of these transformations and as President and Tumuaki in the transition time we feel the honour of working with each other, with the Board and with members in this way.  Further details on other changes to come will be forwarded shortly.

Nga Mihi Koutou Katoa

Anaru and Karen


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • David McNabb

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

  • Kieran O'Donoghue

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

  • Paora Moyle

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

  • Karen Shepherd

    Kia ora Paora.

  • Paora Moyle

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