Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Ingarangi me Ngāti Aerihi ōku iwi
I am an experienced social work practitioner in both community social work and statutory social work, having worked both here and in England. I am also fortunate to have worked in both social work and counsellor education. I am currently in private practice maintaining a supervision focus combined with project work, various social work educator roles and direct practice in health social work. I am passionate about excellence in social work and in growing practitioners; my Master's thesis explored social work students' experiences of fieldwork supervision and I remain interested in this area. I am a strong advocate for Māori models of practice and growing practitioners' understanding and use of tikanga in practice. My passion for excellence in practice and belief in the value and importance of social work has led me to taking on the role of Board member. I consider this a great privilege, and am thrilled to be working with such a great Board and Secretariat.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Taemaro tōku ūkaipo, kei roto ki Ngāti Kahu o Whangaroa.
Ko Mataitai tōku tūrangawaewae, kei roto ki Ngāti Kōhua
It is my pleasure to be a new member of the Social Work Registration Board. I come with the endorsement of my whānau, the Tangata Whenua Voices in Social Work and the Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association. I am committed to mokopuna ora - whānau ora. This is contributed to by best social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social work practice that is grounded in the gifts of our tūpuna made sense of for this time, and includes different worldview gifts, all seen through a critical bicultural lens. This is also my research interest.
I 'became' a social worker in 1989 when the new CYF Act came into being and I was fortunate to be inducted into the kaupapa of social work under the kāhui of Maatua Whāngai, Puao Te Ata Tu and dedicated, experienced Maori and Tauiwi practitioners. I have practiced social work within tangata whenua and tauiwi work spaces in tribal, NGO and government organisations. I am a lecturer (part-time) in the Bachelor of Social Work Programme at the Open Polytechnic and I continue to collaborate with 'hoa haere' in the provision of tangata whenua practice and practitioner development.
I believe our people deserve the best and my appointment to the SWRB and our mandate to protect the public and enhance the profession enables me to continue to seek to positively and critically influence this.
Kaitiakitanga Framework Consultation Hui
Competency to practice social work with Māori is an ongoing debate to ensure safe and culturally responsive services for Māori engaging with Social Workers. How competency is assessed, what measures and process is used and the framework to define competency has been challenged by Tāngata Whenua over many years. How do we ensure that tāngata whenua practices are validated and bi-cultural practices (by all those who are not Māori working with Māori) are consistant and do no harm?
A draft 'kaitiakitanga' framework grounded in Te Ao Māori principles has been developed and is out for consultation with Māori practitioners. Hui for non-Māori practitioners will be posted when they are confirmed. Your feedback and contributions are important. Please follow the link to take the survey monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Kaitiakitanga and you can download the Kaitiakitanga Draft Concept document here
New dates for Dunedin and Christchurch are now available Click here for more details If you are a Māori practitioner come and have your say at one of the 5 hui a rohe being held about this important kaupapa!
Tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Shirley Ikkala tōku ingoa, nō Ngātiwhatua ki Orakei te iwi rawa ko Rarotonga, Rurutu me Rurutu.
I am a registered social worker and have worked in the social work profession for over 20 years. I worked predominantly in Child Youth and Family and in the last 5 years I have moved into education. I am currently the kaiārahi, Program Manager for the social work degree program at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
My practice and interest in social work stems from my own whanau. I was raised by my great grandmother, grandmother and my whāngai whānau. It is through these interactions and experiences that I draw my understanding, knowledge, skills and strengths as a Māori woman.
I am honoured to have been appointed to the social work registration board as I am committed to raising awareness and the need for accountability and responsibility in the mahi social work undertakes, especially for those who are dependent on the actions of the social work profession.
I look forward to my time with the Social Workers Registration Board and the mahi ahead.