Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu, Scotland, France oku iwi
Ko Rakai Paka raua ko Kāti Māhaki oku hapu
Ko Motupohue te maunga
Ko Te Ara a Kiwa te awa
No Bluff ahau
Ko Shayne Walker taku ingoa
I am a Registered Social Worker whose interest in social work stems from my background of being a "child in care", a youth worker and fostering 192 mainly Māori and Pacific Island young men with my wife, Helen.
I continue to maintain strong links with community organisations and I currently supervise two social workers from NGOs. My research and teaching here at the University of Otago has focused on the nature of Māori knowledge (ways of knowing), ako Māori (the teaching of Māori knowledge) and Māori social work practice models.
My current research examines the links between strengths based social work practice approaches, resiliency, emotional literacy, Māori child protection and an integrated practice model that treats people as fully human. I also have strong interest and involvement in the broader social work profession in Aotearoa through ANZASW and the Tangata Whenua Voices in Social Work rōpu.
I feel honoured to have been appointed as the chair of SWRB and I acknowledge the expertise of those I serve with on the board. Sean and his staff of the Secretariat are of the highest calibre and I appreciate their commitment to excellence. I accept and fully support our mandate to enhance the profession and protect the public. I look forward to working with my fellow board members, Sean and his staff and you.
Sean McKinley, Chief Executive and Registrar discusses social work registration issues including the Social Workers Registration Board’s call for registration to be made mandatory.
MP3 Download:: Nine to Noon 24 Nov 2014