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Introducing Okesene Faraimo – winner of the Quality Practice Award 2023 

Huge congratulations to Okesene Faraimo who recently won the Quality Practice Award at the ANZASW Social Work Awards 2023. The SWRB sponsored the award as a valuable opportunity to celebrate and highlight quality professional practice.  Okesene delivers a social work in schools service as part of the Family and Community Services Team at Taeaomanino Trust…. Read more »

E te Māreikura e Robyn Corrigan

Kua riro atu koe, I te tirohanga kanohiAnei mātou e tangi nei mou kua riro atu ki te pō With heavy hearts, the SWRB wishes to acknowledge the passing of Whaea Robyn Corrigan. Robyn has had a long and distinguished career in social work, spanning over 30 years. She was the inaugural chair of the… Read more »

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to new Board member Lois Hutchinson

The Social Workers Registration Board is delighted to welcome new Board member Lois Hutchinson. Lois has over 30 years’ senior management experience in the public sector working in health, censorship and transport, including work as: Working in these sectors, Lois developed particular expertise in the delivery of mandated services, both domestic and international, that operate… Read more »

Increasing our understanding of roles that are similar to social work

We are working to better understand kaimahi/workers who are doing mahi that is the “same or substantially similar” to the mahi of registered social workers. The opportunity to undertake this work arose from the pay equity extension for social workers in the iwi and community sectors. We want to build a better collective understanding, including… Read more »

Social work advisors – Call for expressions of interest 

It is important for our regulatory work to understand and be informed by social work skills and knowledge. We are looking for experienced and versatile social workers who can provide us with social work advice on our regulatory work, like the registration of social workers and complaints and notifications. Now that social work is one… Read more »

Extending the experience pathway for registration 

The SWRB welcomes the introduction of the Social Worker Registration Legislation Amendment Bill to extend the experience pathway for social worker registration, announced by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development and Employment yesterday. The experience pathway is a registration pathway for people who have been working as a social worker for several years, but who… Read more »

New Registrar Appointed – Nau mai, haere mai Hamish McDouall!

The SWRB is delighted to announce that the Board has appointed a new Registrar: Hamish McDouall. He joins the SWRB on 1 May. Hamish brings with him a wealth of experience from his distinguished and varied career, which includes serving as Mayor of Whanganui from 2016-2022. He studied law and arts at the University of… Read more »

A vital workforce celebrated world wide 

Today we join others in celebrating World Social Work Day. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the vital role social workers play across the motu and around the globe. Aotearoa has seen even more challenges arise over the past year, which reinforces the ongoing need for passionate social workers to help guide our whānau… Read more »

Exciting project opportunities with the SWRB

He ara pūkenga, he ara tauwhiro, hei whakamana mātā waka  The many pathways to knowledge, the many pathways of social work, upholding the dignity of all Are you looking for an opportunity to use your skills on an inspirational project that will leave a lasting impact on the social work landscape? We have a number of vacancies across two projects: Building Social Worker Capability… Read more »

Pay equity for social workers

The SWRB welcomes recent announcements that the Government is taking action to address the long-standing pay gap for community-based social workers. Today, Ministers announced their decision to extend pay equity to social workers of other iwi and community-based social service providers. This follows on from agreement in October to settle the pay equity claim for… Read more »