New Years Honours

ANZASW would like to offer our congratulations to those recognised on the 2021 New Year’s Honours list that was announced last week (31 December 2020). Of particular note to ANZASW are the achievements of Brenda Pilott, Sir Mason Durie and Professor Cindy Kiro. Their incredible work in areas that affect both our members and the individuals and communities in which our members are so often involved highlights the importance of the services provided.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern highlighted that a recurring theme for this year’s New Year’s Honours list was the commitment to improving the lives of others.

 Brenda Pilott will be made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her dedication and services to the social and public service sectors. Pilott has endlessly advocated for pay equity for women and social service sector workers, increased recognition of the issues of domestic violence in Aotearoa as well as better resources and support for public services.

Throughout her career Pilott has held many important roles within the social service sector. Her career began focussed on domestic violence as she became the National Coordinator of the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuge. Following this she was the National Secretary of the Public Service Association from 2004-2014. Since 2016 she has been the National Manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA). Within her role with SSPA, Pilott has coordinated engagement with government funding which has meant that the 200 SSPA member organisations have access to increased resources.

Of particular note to ANZASW is Pilott’s support of the Social Workers Registration Bill 2019. Brenda will finish up at SSPA late January 2021 and she highlighted to ANZASW that her work will continue to push for a pay equity settlement for NGO social workers.

Sir Mason Durie has been made a member of the Order of New Zealand, the highest awarded accolade in New Zealand, a selected group that is limited to 20 living people. Dedicating his career to advocating for Māori health, education and development, Durie has previously been awarded the Blake Medal in 2017, the premium award for leadership in New Zealand. He was also made companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 and was knighted in 2010.

As New Zealand’s second Māori psychiatrist, Durie has spent his career successfully advocating for public and Māori health through the development of the Māori Health Workforce.

Durie is an emeritus professor at Massey University and established Massey’s school of Māori Studies as well as running it for 14 years. He was also Massey’s first assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori as well as instigating the University’s college of health. He was also deputy vice-Chancellor for three years. As well as playing a key role in other health initiatives that have fostered Māori focused health education, training and research.

Former Children’s Commissioner, Professor Cindy Kiro has been recognised for her incredible work and service to child wellbeing and education. Kiro has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2021 New Year’s Honours, an award that highlights the importance of the work she has completed throughout her career.

Kiro is an academic who has worked in several roles that have focused on improving the outcomes for young people who have experienced marginalisation or exclusion. Motivated by the potential she sees in young people, her work has reflected the passion she has to help and advocate for those who have been disempowered.

Kiro also chaired the Welfare  Expert Advisory Group from 2018-2019. She is currently the University of Auckland’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori and a professor in the faculty of Education and Social Work. Of particular note, Kiro has led the development of a formal te reo Māori policy and has committed the University to a Te Tiriti o Waitangi policy.