Creative social work

post by A Social Work Student 

It is without a doubt the topic of social work in the media has been biased. Even though it is one of the most passionate occupations in New Zealand, social work is constantly portrayed in the media as baby snatchers. This is a trend that also occurs in the UK. It has been reported that particular media outlets in England has again “misinterpreted the system that seeks to protect children” (Mason, 2018). According to Stanfield and Beddoe (2016), the relationship between social work and the media has been edgy and full of apprehension. They have also realized the importance of learning and engaging in social media which serves as a platform to influence and advocate for social justice and social change.
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New Zealand is not as fair as it used to be: Wealth inequality

post by Gracey 

One of the reasons I want to be a social worker is because I want New Zealand to be a fairer society. New Zealand is not the equal society it once was. There are families who are trying to make a living out of minimum wage, people without homes sitting on the streets we pass and children living in poverty. These kinds of issues are the ones I want to tackle because it highlights that New Zealand’s current system desperately needs to change.

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The New Zealand Prison system: Who are the real criminals?

post by Hollie Oswald

Another year has gone by and the New Zealand prison population continues to rise at a devastatingly fast rate. With one of the fastest growing prison numbers in the world the ‘tough on crime’ attitude Aotearoa has adopted seems to be failing us. Contrary to popular belief, prison does little towards rehabilitating inmates and instead rates of re-offending increase after being incarcerated (Corrections, 2017). We currently have 10,695 citizens sitting in prison cells, which not only has astronomical costs on society, but also inhibits individual’s opportunities to contribute to communities (Corrections, 2017). The prison crisis facing the nation is a longstanding problem that has seen similar punitive solutions throughout the different governments. Yet we seem to invite the wool to be pulled over our eyes so we can continue to ignore the structural and circumstantial drivers of crime. Continue reading “The New Zealand Prison system: Who are the real criminals?”

New Zealanders’ perspectives on tax

post by Emily Lawrence

A core value position of the social work profession is “the development and just allocation of the resources which enable everyone to achieve their full potential” (ANZASW, 2013,p.5). Most funding for social work services comes from revenue the government collects in tax, in the 2016/17 financial year tax revenue totalled over 75 billion dollars (Treasury, 2018). We know that policy, including tax policy, is influenced by public discourse which is often (mis)informed by mainstream media discourses (Wilson, 2013). So what do New Zealanders think about tax, the allocation of tax money and its spending?

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Being NZ born Pacific Islander : dealing with two cultures

Post by Llat010

“Fie Palangi” (wanting to be like a European) is something I always heard my Mum say to my siblings and I growing up. I am one of seven girls and four boys and majority of us were all born and raised here in New Zealand. Both my parents were born and raised in the small island of Tonga, and migrated to New Zealand in the 1960’s. We grew up in between two different cultures, the New Zealand culture and the Tongan culture.  Growing up it was difficult living in two separate worlds that contradicted each other.

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Reducing Prison Numbers

post by  Sophie Young

New Zealand prisons are full. New Zealanders are debating whether to build more prisons and lock away more criminals, or to somehow reduce the numbers of prisoners. We have the seventh-highest prison population rate in the OECD, with 155 prisoners per 100,000 population (Stats NZ). We also have statistical evidence suggesting institutional racism. In 2016, Māori made up 15% of the general population and 55.6% of people receiving prison sentences (Johnston, 2016).

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Do the crime, nameless in time: The media and name suppression.

post by Anonymous

Name suppression seems to be something that is offered easily to offenders, despite political opinion, and something that becomes far more damaging to victims than the offence itself. This blogpost will sit from the stance of victims who are silenced and who are not given closure to heal through the name suppression of their perpetrator. It will not look at victims who are granted name suppression themselves.

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The State of Aotearoa New Zealand Abortion Law

post by Juliette

Aotearoa New Zealand’s current laws around abortion are ancient, and presents demoralising, dysfunctional, and sexist views of women. Abortion in New Zealand is represented as a crime, with limited exceptions to access, as it features in the Crimes Act 1961. The topic of abortion is a very controversial one, with heavy and alive debates that are concerned with weather to remove abortion from the crimes act and formally decriminalise it to make it a health issue as opposed to a criminal one. Other laws that regulate abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand are the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 and the Care of Children Act 2004. For a more in-depth account of these pieces of legislation see the law around abortion.

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Social work: The colonial project lives on through us

post by an Unwilling Coloniser 

Sitting opposite to a whanau in distress, my stomach churned as my colleague asked me to put a cross through the square on my page. I looked at the square, it looked back at me. It wasn’t just a square; it was a husband, a father, a grandfather. I glanced up at the family and felt shame. The identity of their loved one was suddenly subject to the nasty strokes of my insistent blue pen.

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Prisons almost reaching full capacity and offender rates continue to rise

post by Joe Bloggs

There has been a political dilemma held by the current New Zealand government over whether to build a ‘mega-prison’ that will be able to hold an additional 3000 offenders. New Zealand is already home to 15 male prisons and 3 female prisons that total almost 11,000 inmates and continues to rapidly increase. The debate over whether the build should go ahead has gained strong public opinions, both for and against the potential Waikeria landmark. Prisoner numbers are so close to maximum capacity that those who are remanded and sentenced are having to be held within police cells. And with public perceptions that prisoners are “dangerous” citizens and should be confined to prevent committing crimes (Clear & Schrantz, 2011) an urgent decision needs to be made on the way forward.

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