Save the date for SSPA Conference 2018

Auckland – Monday and Tuesday, 29 and 30 October 2018
SSPA Conference is coming to Auckland in 2018. Mark your calendar now!

Venue: Pullman Hotel

Programme and keynote speakers will be announced soon. 



Conference 2017 presentation slides and speech notes available in the programme below.   


Day one: Monday 4 September


Registration opens  Oceania Room


Mihi whakatau   Oceania Room





Conference opening

Keynote speech

Prue Kapua, National president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Workshops sessions

New Zealand’s Social Investment Approach: A Critical Appraisal. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Led by Jonathan Boston, professor of Public Policy, School of Government

This presentation assesses the strengths and weaknesses of New Zealand’s social investment approach, outlines how it differs from social investment approaches in Europe, highlights the limitations of an ‘investment’ lens as a guide to the funding of social services, and discusses how current policy settings might be modified in the interests of better long-term societal outcomes. Find out more.


Sharing and learning through partnership. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Led by Heather Henare, Skylight, and colleagues 

In this workshop, Heather will talk about how she and her team at Skylight have faced the challenges of partnering and building trust and resilience as they have moved towards a collaborative model that delivers benefits for all partners and clients. Find out more.


Collaborating with heart. WATCH TEDX TALK.

Led by Richard Aston, Big Buddy

This workshop will begin with a TedX talk Richard Aston gave in 2016 in which he challenged those in social services not to lose sight of the human caring that sits at the heart of real social work in the many contexts social service providers work in. The 15-minute video will be followed by a discussion. Find out more.

12.30pm – 1.30pm









Careerforce – introduction to the apprenticeship programme in social services. DOWNLOAD COPY.


Korero Mai, Whakarongo Mai: Children and young people, seen and heard

Introduction - DOWNLOAD COPY.

Group learning forum:
VOYCE - DOWNLOAD / Office of the Children's Commissioner - DOWNLOAD/ UNICEF - 

Keynote speech

Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner. DOWNLOAD COPY.




Day two: Tuesday 5 September




Keynote speech

Grainne Moss, Chief executive officer of Oranga Tamariki, Ministry of Vulnerable Children


Workshop Sessions

What works, and for whom? Evidence-based social work practice in Aotearoa. DOWNLOAD COPY.


Led by Kate Doswell, Unitec

The workshop will be an opportunity to explore models identified by the report Investing in New Zealand’s Children and Their Families as examples of international best practice, and develop a broad understanding of what it is like to use them on a day-to-day basis. Find out more.


Working together to achieve whānau wellbeing in Waitematā. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Led by Charlotte Moore, Waves Trust and Natia Tucker, Auckland Council

The Waitematā project explored how to increase community-led primary prevention of family and sexual violence. It was a unique collaboration in which family violence network coordinators in Waitākere, North Shore and Rodney worked alongside Auckland Council and Ministry of Social Development over a six month period in 2016. Find out more.


Multi-services approach to support children with disability or mental health issues. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Led by Kim Simpson and Susanne Llopis of Community Living

The effects on children who are exposed to abuse and neglect are well understood. When a child and/or the parents have a disability or mental health issue the effects are even greater. This interactive workshop will explore the additional needs of these children and their family/whanau, and the role of social workers, teachers and other professionals involved. Find out more.


12.00pm – 12.30pm

“Paper bag” lunch



Election session

Karakia and closing 


3.00pm - 5.00pm

 Masterclass 1

Collaboration in Social Work Practice – Moving Beyond Boundaries Through Relationship Building. by ANZASW

   - Breaking through Boundaries – the voice of children in out-of-home care. by Daryl Brougham, Social Worker and Author of “Through the eyes of a Foster Child”

   - Collaboration in Action – developing whanau child protection champions. by Amanda Meynell, National Manager of Child Matters and Nicola Woodward, CEO of AVIVA. DOWNLOAD COPY.

   - Creating an Environment for Collaborative Social Work Practice – a system in need of R.E.P.A.I.R. by Toni Hocquard, Manager of Stand Çhildrens Services Rotorua. DOWNLOAD COPY.

Find out more.


Masterclass 2

Brokering partnerships for results. by Trish Hall 

This workshop is for you, if you are active in partnerships or about to be.... and determined that those partnerships are more than fine words. We will dive into an overview of the skills, tools and mindsets needed for those who are the catalysts for partnership success. You will leave this interactive master class with an understanding of:

   -  An overview of how to build shared commitments to action – tools, mindsets and challenges
   -  Partnership life-cycle phases that need attention for success
   -  What this means for the role you play in partnering.


Materclass 3

All you need to know about fundraising. by Kate Russell, Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)

A step-by-step guide to fundraising hosted by FINZ. It will look at the different ways of raising money and take you from the planning stage through to final implementation. The masterclass will be presented by Kate Russell who has 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and is a fellow and the incoming president of FINZ. She is the chief executive of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation.



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