Korero a Ropu

In its International Policy on Indigenous Peoples, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), supports the principles of the ‘United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ by stating that “Indigenous social workers should take the lead in development initiatives and services for indigenous peoples”. 

Rangatiratanga has always been the aspiration of New Zealand’s indigenous social workers. 

Korero a kaupapa


  • Continued Professional Development
  • Supervision
  • Presentations
  • Publications

Tipua i muri:

  • Ethical framework
  • Practice standards
  • Competency

Korero a Kaitiakitanga o Nga Mara Whakaheke

  • Tangata Whenua Social and Community Work
  • Kaumatua
  • Kaimahi 
  • Kaiako
  • Tauira
Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association

Korero a Mara Whakaheke

This ‘garden’ metaphor reflects an embryonic space of growth, sustenance and development nurtured between Papatuanuku and Ranginui, thereby providing, an ideological and philosophical framework for the maintenance of the Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association.

Key principles embedded in the establishment of communal gardens are pursued:

  • Participation and sharing of talents, skills and abilities is welcomed and nurtured
  • Social responsibility is fostered
  • Accountability in decision making is reinforced
  • Plans are formulated creatively
  • Transformative indigenous thinking is advanced
  • Best practice with whanau, hapu, iwi and all other New Zealanders is developed and strengthened.
  • Laying historical tracks as a professional body is mirrored in all the activities surrounding the establishment, maintenance, and propagation of Nga Mara Whakaheke.


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