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    2022 Māori Symposium

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    Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei

    For us and our children after us

    Join us for the annual social service symposium showcasing indigenous knowledge, practice and research. A one day Live-Streamed event committed to culturally responsive practice and meeting Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations.  

    3 Aug: 9am - 4.30pm



    Keynote Address “He aha te Tikanga o te Whānau” - What does  Whānau/Family mean - to you?

    RUTH JONES (Rongowhakaata / Te Aitanga a Mahaki / Ngati Porou)

    Whānau Ora, Enabling good lives and true inclusion of tāngata and whanau whaikaha

    CAROLINE HEREWINI (Ngāti Kahungunu / Ngā Tuhoe)

    Sovereignty of voice

    GERRARD ALBERT (Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi)

    He Awa, He Tangata – Valuing a River and its People 

    Dr. MONICA KOIA (Ngāti Porou / Ruawaipu / Ngāti Kahungunu / Te Arawa / Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga)

    Whanaungatanga, the importance of this and how whānau view this when engaging with professionals

    SHAYNE WALKER (Kai Tahu, Awarua Ngati Kahungunu)

    Decoloniality and social welfare 

    (Unfortunately Shayne is now unable to present - a recording of his planned presentation will be sent out at a later date with the other recordings of the day)


    MIRIAMA SCOTT (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne)

    Time and space: the challenge to upholding rangatiratanga in social work practice

    This symposium is a partnership between:

    Barnardos NZ

    Social Workers Registration Board | Kāhui Whakamana Tauwhiro

    Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers | Te Rōpū Tauwhiro i Aotearoa

    Please note: 
    We are unable to invoice organisations as a payment option.
    The link on the ticket can only be used on one device. 
    Recordings of the presentations will be available for viewing in October and all ticket holders will be notified.



    As the Chief Advisor Tikanga, He Kāmaka Waiora, Māori Health Services across Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards, Dame Naida Glavish leads the organisation in managing relationships with Mana Whenua and Iwi Māori from a tikanga perspective and provides assistance in managing Te Tiriti o Waitangi risks. In this role Dame Naida was the catalyst behind the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these two DHBs and Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua, and has championed appropriate cultural support for Māori patients, leading the writing, development and implementation of bicultural policies and the tikanga best practice policy which is used nationally across many of the District Health Boards and some organisations in the private sector.

    Dame Naida is the Chair of the Iwi (Tribe) voice of Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua and is involved with a range of Iwi, government and community organisations and is the Cultural Advisor to Chief Coroner.  She is also an advisor to the Ombudsman Office the Chief Ombudsman Advisory Panel - Pūhara Mana Tangata and has recently been appointed to the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis. A Justice of the Peace and was awarded the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM), 2011.

    In 2018 was the recipient of the Queen's Service Medal for services to Māori and the community and was awarded with the title of Dame Companion of NZ Order of Merit (DNZM) which is now Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM. JP.


    Ruth is Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Porou. Ruth was born and has lived most of her life in Otautahi.  Ruth is a qualified social worker, having trained at Canterbury University and has worked in the disability sector and as a practitioner and manager for the last twenty years. Ruth has a passion for her community and working in partnership with whānau and organisations. Ruth has extensive networks and experience across the disability, not-for-profit, Māori and government sectors. Currently her main governance role is with the Ministerial Advisory Board for Oranga Tamariki.

    She is Co-director of Kanohi ki te Kanohi Consultancy, alongside her husband, Gary from 2009. Kanohi ki te Kanohi collaborates with people and organisations that are looking to create their own change.  In 2016 Ruth and Gary started a Whânau Ora initiative Hei Whakapiki Mauri where tangata and whanau whaikaha tautoko each other to have the competence and confidence to be Maori first through collective strength including Whanau Ora navigation. Ruth believes that the Whānau Ora approach is the korowai for good practice.


    Caroline MNZM (Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngā Tuhoe) is a human rights advocate who works to end all forms of violence against women and children. Kaiwhakahaere of Te Whare Tiaki Wāhine Refuge Charitable Trust for more than two decades, Caroline is a founding member of the Everywoman Treaty Global Coalition and the International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls, and Breaking Silent Codes, a movement of grassroots indigenous women across Australia, the Pacific and Aotearoa, New Zealand. Her advocacy is underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, bringing an indigenous approach to refuge services, and providing spaces grounded in aroha and manaakitanga for the victims of domestic and sexual violence. Caroline has been a keynote speaker at international conferences from Mexico to the Hague and remains based in the field in Porirua.


    Monica is from Ngāti Porou, Ruawaipu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa and Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and is a Senior Researcher in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. She has worked in social services, specifically Department of Social Welfare and Child Youth and Family for many years, before joining Massey University. There she has managed Te Rau Puawai Māori mental health workforce programme, was a research assistant in Te Pumanawa Hauora, Research Centre for Māori Health and Development, and established Māori student centre. She has been involved in cancer care research projects such as ‘Exploring the roles of the Māori cancer coordinators/navigators’, Deep Dive Cancer Feedback Report and Engagement study with Māori whānau on lung cancer CT screening in MidCentral DHB. Today her kōrero is about the importance of whanaungatanga when engaging with Māori. These are findings from her research that focused on exploring the roles of Māori cancer navigators.


    Between 2009 and 2014, Gerrard led the technical aspects of the negotiations between Whanganui Iwi and the New Zealand Government in settlement of the longstanding Iwi claim over the Whanganui River.

    This settlement culminated in the passing of legislation in March 2017 according the Whanganui River a new legal status, that of Te Awa Tupua, a living and indivisible whole incorporating all its physical and metaphysical elements. The Crown, local government and the River community as a whole are now required to adopt a set of values in planning and decision making stemming from the iwi relationship with the River, called Tupua te Kawa.

    Up to September 2021, Gerrard was chair of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, the iwi post settlement entity for Whanganui Iwi. He currently chairs Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua, a strategy group comprised of district mayors, the Chair of the regional council, government representatives and local community leaders charged with producing a strategy to facilitate the paradigm shift toward Tupua te Kawa.


    Shayne Walker is an influential commentator, leader, and direction setter in the social sector.
    Shayne (Kai Tahu, Awarua Ngati Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Otago. He has a background in Māatua Whangai, youthwork, child protection and Māori social service organisations.

    Shayne has been a member of several Strategic Partnership Governance Groups, Committees and Advisory Bodies in both Government and the NGO sector. Until recently, he was the Chair of the Social Workers Registration Board. His experience in both care and protection and youth justice is extensive. His history traverses the care continuum. He was a former state ward and later in life, with the support of his wife Helen and their whanau, they were foster parents to nearly 200 boys. In this work, Shayne considers himself privileged to have worked with a group of Kāi Tahu caregivers who trail-blazed the work that is happening today; the likes of Hine Forsyth, Danette Stringer, Koa Whitau-Kean, Wendy Morris, David Miller, Wii Duff and Mary Parata, and many more. He acknowledges those people because he considers the partnership is an enactment of the work that was begun in the 1980s with Maatua Whāngai and embodies the essence of Pūao-te-ata-tū.

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