Season’s Greetings from ANZASW

Tēnā koutou,

Season’s greetings to you and your whānau!

As we approach the end of 2020, ANZASW reflects on what has been a trying and challenging year for many, both professionally and personally.

While there have certainly been challenges and setbacks throughout the year, it has been incredible to see social workers, both in Aotearoa and around the world band together and support one another as we have navigated what social work looks like amidst a global pandemic. It has been particularly heartening to see social work recognised as an essential element in upholding the health and wellbeing of global communities.

It has been a year where the Association has had to adapt and reconsider how we provide support and professional services to our members. This year we hosted our first ever online AGM, which was a great success with high attendance numbers. We also had a great uptake on the daily webinars that we hosted throughout lockdown. These webinars gave social workers a way to connect and support one another as they navigated unfamiliar times.

Of particular note is the unanimous passing of the motion at the IFSW General Meeting in July supporting the establishment of the IFSW Indigenous Commission. Shannon Pakura (ANZASW) and Robyn Corrigan (TWSWA) chaired the Interim Indigenous Committee that built on previous work and developed the final proposal for the Indigenous Commission that was presented to the IFSW General Meeting in July 2020.  Shannon and Robyn were supported by the Aotearoa New Zealand IFSW Coordinating body made up of ANZASW and TWSWA. Such an achievement is a milestone for indigenous representation and voice in matters of international social work.

ANZASW has continued to be an active participant in Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand and the Social Work Alliance. Relationships with key stakeholders such as Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Health, ACC, PSA and SSPA have continued to grow and mature.

ANZASW has a significant relationship with the Social Workers Registration Board.  In preparation for Mandatory Registration there have been many opportunities to work together. ANZASW was an active participant in the development of the Scope of Practice and has contributed to a number of policy developments.

There was also outstanding work done by the Journal Editorial Collective and ANZASW extends our acknowledgement and thanks to the team for their commitment to publishing Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work in spite of the challenges presented by Covid-19 and lockdown.

Looking to 2021 the Association looks forward to mandatory registration which will come into act on the 27th of February 2021. The move to mandatory registration along with the protection of the title ‘Social Worker’ will enhance social work as a regulated and accountable profession.

We also look forward to working to achieve the strategic outcomes identified for the next five years in Te Mahere Rautaki and giving life to the Vision “Professionally excellent social workers and leaders for social justice”.

ANZASW wishes you and your whānau a safe, relaxing and joyous festive season and looks forward to continuing to support and advocate for our members.

Ngā mihi nui

Lucy Sandford-Reed


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