Ō Tātou Moemoeā – Our Dreams

15 June 2022

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The next session of Ō Tātou Moemoeā: Our Dreams – a social work professional development series is Wednesday, 15th June 2022, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.

Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau: Why enhancing the profession, ensures whānau gets the best of you!"
Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 10am – 12:00pm

The Social Workers Registration Board – Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro (SWRB) is the regulatory body which ensures social workers have the competency and capacity to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our community. This year the SWRB has engaged in a review of the PRS through a Te Tiriti informed process to develop education standards that are fit for purpose in Aotearoa NZ. Catherine, David, and Paula will share their experiences of giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through the review process. 
We will share our hopes for the creation of Taonga Tuku Iho (The proposed name of the new Standards) that support the embedding of matauranga Māori alongside western knowledge in a way that honours Te Tiriti and builds the mana of social work, and social work graduates. As we create and embed the new Taonga Tuku Iho we will be contributing to the moemoea (aspirations) of manaaki tangata, manaaki whānau – looking after one another, looking after our whanau.  
The presenters are looking forward to hearing your aspirations and connecting with many of you from the mighty North. 

The event will be live and will also be available via Zoom using this link:


Dr Catherine Hughes – Chief Advisor Social Work
Catherine is currently the Chief Advisor Social Work at the Te Kahui Whakamana Tauwhiro (SWRB).  She moved into the Chief Advisor role at the SWRB following a couple of years as the Clinical Manager of Social Work Services at the Canterbury District Health Board. Prior to that she was an Associate Professor and Head of Social Practice at Unitec in Auckland.
Catherine completed her PhD in Social Work, at the University of Canterbury where she was also a lecturer and tutor. Her research areas are health social work/palliative care and student success in social work education, while her PhD considered the role that culture plays in the journey from diagnosis to the end of life.
In her role as Chief Advisor Social Work, Catherine has most recently been leading the Programme Recognition Standards (PRS) review and also works with her team of RSW’s to support and encourage social work professionalism through engagement with students, graduates and practitioners. She is part of the executive team providing internal communication to SWRB Staff, Board and the Minister and external communication to the practice and education sectors.

Paula Bold-Wilson – Senior Māori Advisor, Social Work
E tū ana au i te tihi tapu o Matawhaura Ka kai aku mata ki ngā wai tapu o Rotoiti, Ki te kuku o te manawa, ki Rotorua I puta ai te kōrero; Te Arawa māngai nui e ko Te Ararwa e tū ake nei, E ko Ngāti Pikiao, ko Tūhourangi e mihi atu nei. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Paula is a passionate and committed Māori Social practitioner. Her heart is in doing what she can for her people; enabling tamariki, rangatahi and whānau Māori to thrive. Where she can, Paula tries to inspire, educate, and collaborate to enhance outcomes for Māori communities. She has been involved in a range of Kaupapa Māori initiatives for 25 years or so, being a central voice on a range of boards in the education, community and public sector. 
Before joining the SWRB, she had the privilege of teaching students on the Bachelor of Social Practice at Unitec – a rewarding and fulfilling role.  Paula believes it’s an exciting time to join the SWRB, as she saw Te Tiriti in action. In her first few weeks, Paula was involved in the Programme Recognition Standards review which included participation from Northtec students. Paula was inspired by the beautiful kōrero of the wānanga, and the sense that we might really be in a phase of transformation.

Dr David McNabb – Senior Advisor, Social Work
David is Pākehā and a fifth generation Kiwi with roots primarily going back to Scotland and England.  He was strongly influenced growing up in The Salvation Army alongside three sisters and with parents who were ministers.  This led him to study a BSW at Massey and a social work career that began in the earlier version of Oranga Tamariki and continued in the mental health services of Auckland DHB with leadership and clinical roles.  David was self-employed for a period engaging in counselling, supervision and contracting roles including with ANZASW.  For the past 12 years he has worked in social work education at the Social Practice department at Unitec in Tāmaki Makaurau, initially as head of department and now part time as senior lecturer alongside working with SWRB. 
David began working at the SWRB as a senior advisor social work in March this year on a four days a week basis, and continues teaching at Unitec for one day a week. David recently completed his PhD with a focus on Tiriti based and equity focused social work practice and education - areas of passion that he brings to his work.  
David is married and lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, he remains active in The Community of St Luke Presbyterian church and goes running to stave off middle age.

Followed by the new Te Pūkenga Social Work Degree unveiling two years of work. This is a chance to feedback on the final design.
Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm

The event will be live and will also be available via Zoom using this link:

These workshops are designed for professionals who need to keep up to date with new developments and best practice and can be used for your Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) professional development portfolio.

The series will address SWRB core competencies and code of conduct as well as technical and practice issues. 

$200 - FREE to NorthTec fieldwork agency staff, supervisors, BASW students and LAC members.

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