Te Poari SWRB
SWRB Board

Shannon Pakura, MNZM (SWRB chair)

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Ko Aotea te waka
Ko Ruapehu te māunga
Ko Whanganui te awa
Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi te iwi
Ko Ngā Paerangi te hapu
Ko Shannon Pakura tōku ingoa

Shannon Pakura is passionate in her advocacy and support for the social work profession and was the first social worker to be registered in Aotearoa. Shannon has served as SWRB Chair since 2019.

She has worked extensively in both the Statutory Child Protection and the Youth Justice social work sector. She was the former Chief Social Worker for the Department of Child, Youth and Family, held Māori Service Development roles, and served as a member of the NZ Parole Board from 2008 to 2021. She is a life member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers having previously been their President.

Shannon holds a number of advisory and advocacy roles, including membership of the Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board. In recognition of her services to social work, Shannon was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2022.

Andrea Nichols

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Andrea is a registered social worker with over 25 years of experience working with children, young people and their whānau within both NGO and statutory settings. Until recently she was the Director, Safety of Children in Care at Oranga Tamariki, a unit that is responsible for reviewing and reporting on harm caused to children in care. She currently works in the Office of the Chief Social Worker where she is Director, Social Work Strategy.

Andrea has a strong interest in supervision and professional development for social workers.

Rose Henderson

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Rose Henderson has a long history in the social work profession. She began as a social worker in the Invercargill office of the Department of Social Welfare in the late 1970s and found time, amidst a busy family life, to establish and co-ordinate the Invercargill Women’s Refuge. After working in a range of social work positions in Southland, Rose then moved north to Christchurch, continuing to work in the Women’s and  Mental health fields. After working in a number of leadership roles she became a Director of Allied Health in Canterbury. She has provided clinical leadership in various disaster response and recovery roles and has led a range of teams in both urban and rural Canterbury.

Rose was President of the ANZASW, from 2003 to 2009, and again in 2016 and is now a Life Member of her professional body. She is also a Past Vice-President of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and Immediate Past President of the Asia-Pacific region of IFSW.

Rose is a registered social worker and has a depth of knowledge across health social work and employer relations and many experiences of representing social workers at a national and international level.

Gisa Dr Moses Ma’alo Faleolo

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Gisa Dr Moses Ma’alo Faleolo or Moses is a Sāmoan born in Aotearoa and the son of Leaula (Falelima & Sāleaula) and Pepe (Luatuānu’u-Leusoali’i). His paramount chief title, Gisa, is bestowed on him by the village of Falelima in Savai’I, Sāmoa. His social work career spans over three decades and includes being a case manager specialising in Youth benefits for Work and Income New Zealand, a residential and youth justice social worker for Child Youth and Family Service, a youth worker specialist for Youth Horizons Trust and Pasifika Healthcare (now trading as The Fono), and a senior social work lecturer for Manukau Institute of Technology and Massey University – Albany campus; regarding the latter he was also an Associate Dean – Pasifika for the College of Health.

Moses is a registered social worker. His highest educational qualification is his PhD in social work, which was the first of its kind as it featured life histories collected from gang-involved Sāmoan young men and discovered the employment of Sāmoan cultural practices as part of gang activity. His study and other work has been showcased on television and radio nationally and internationally including his publications, invited conference presentations, and contributions to the research community. He recently switched to criminology and is now based at Victoria University of Wellington where amongst his roles he is currently leading a Marsden-funded project that seeks to construct a new criminological strand called, Pacific criminology, or explaining and understanding criminology from a Pacific lens in order to generate specific, Pacific solutions. He views the SWRB as an essential vehicle for the organisation’s goals particularly in building closer and trusting relationships with the Pacific and non-Pacific community, in seeking ways to ensure the continuation of resourcing and supporting of Pacific social workers and social work educators.

Lois Hutchinson

Lois has over 30 years’ senior management experience in the public sector in the areas of social justice regulation as the statutory decision maker for the Video Recordings Authority and Deputy Chief Censor at the Office of Film and Literature Classification; in health as General Manager, Hospital Services at Midcentral DHB; and transport as Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC). Working in these sectors, Lois developed particular expertise in the delivery of mandated services, both domestic and international, that operate to avoid or reduce harms to people and organisational operating environments. 

Through her work at TAIC and alongside associated international treaty organisations, Lois also has expertise in organisational strategy and performance with a focus on assessment of safe systems operations in the aviation, rail and maritime sectors.

Lois is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Radiation Safety Advisory Council. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (Hon.) and holds degrees of Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, and Master of Science Managing Organisational Performance from Cranfield University, UK.

Jeff Sanders QSO

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Jeff has experience as a senior manager and chief executive in the NGO sector, working in organisations focused on providing services that make a positive difference to people’s lives. These include IHC NZ, the Methodist Church, Relationships Aotearoa and Barnardos NZ, from which I retired as chief executive in early 2019. 

His career has allowed him to be connected to local community needs which has given him a desire and ability to seek out systemic change and ensure excellent provision of services. He has strong relationships across the NGO and government sector and has built effective leadership teams in the organisations that he has led. He has experience and understanding of how governance structures operate and what is required when considering and governing strategic and the implementation of programmes of work.

He understands and is committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

With his wife, Rosemary Rishworth, he has 4 adult tamariki and 4 mokopuna and enjoys the company of his extended family and friends. He is a keen swimmer and relaxes by gardening, watching sport and cooking.

Adam Davy

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Adam is experienced in the area of governance, both in the business and social space.

A fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Adam was previously accounting and advisory firm BDO’s National Head of Advisory and Director of Innovation.

Adam is on the board and audit committee of Emerge Aotearoa Housing Trust. He is also Chair and Director of the health and safety consultancy HazardCo Ltd, and consults to various other commercial entities.

As well as governance, Adam’s expertise includes strategic and business planning, business growth facilitation, and management, merger, and acquisition negotiations.

Board meetings 2023

The SWRB Board meets throughout the year to approve registration applications. Only a completed application will go forward to the SWRB Board for approval. An application for registration must go through all the required checks and have police results back before going to a Board meeting.

Applications that require reviewing prior to approval i.e. Fit & Proper concerns & Section 13, have specific dates scheduled throughout the year (these exclude electronic Board dates).

Board lists close 10 working days prior to a Board meeting to allow our staff time to process the information required for our Board members.

If you have provisional registration and have now completed the requirements for full registration, this needs to be approved by the Board and you will be added to the next available Board meeting.

You will receive an email when your application is going forward to the Board and again, once the Board has approved your registration.

Board meeting dates – 2023

3 March
28 April
22 & 23 June
25 August
26 & 27 October
8 December

The SWRB Board also reviews registration applications during their electronic meetings which are held on a fortnightly basis.