Mō Mātou | About Us

The Council for Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand (CSWEANZ) represents and advances the interests of social work educators and social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read a short overview of social work education in Aotearoa.

Executive Committee

Dominic Chilvers (President: Michelle Morum (Secretary: Open Polytechnic); Kelly Glubb-Smith (Secretary: Waikato UniversityJohn Stansfield (Treasurer: Northtec); Jodie Owen (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa).


  1. To promote the scholarly pursuit of teaching, research and publication within social work programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  2. To promote that social work education occurs in accordance with the articles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi, with a commitment to promote an indigenous identity for social work education in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  3. To promote and support collaboration across social work, social services and community work education at local, national and global levels.
  4. To maintain close relationships within the social work sector, which includes professional bodies such as the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), the Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association (TWSWA), the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) and statutory, community, health, education and non-government organisations.
  5. To organise or contribute to hui and conferences on social work education as appropriate.
  6. To uphold, promote and advocate the professional principles of social justice, social responsibility and human rights.
  7. To advocate for the needs and resourcing of the education sector and its students to government, regulatory and professional authorities and social work/services agencies.


Membership is available to all Schools that offer social work education, which leads to a recognised professional social work qualification. Our members include eighteen tertiary education providers: five universities; eleven polytechnics, two Wānanga and one private tertiary provider.

Our members are:

Bethlehem Tertiary Institute

ARA Institute of Canterbury

Eastern Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

Massey University

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

North Tec

Open Polytechnic

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Unitec Institute of Technology

University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

University of Otago

University of Waikato

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Whitireia Polytechnic

Wintec Waikato Institute of Technology