Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration in Action

Kei Tua o Pae: Kia Kotahi te Whakaaro

Te Papa – Wellington – Monday and Tuesday, 4 and 5 September

  Korero Mai: Whakarongo Mai: Children and Young People, Seen and Heard

In this ground-breaking conference session on Monday afternoon, we will hear the voices of children and young people on social services.

This will be the impetus for learning forums on why and how to include these voices in service design and ongoing evaluation.

Participants will gain practical tools to take back to their organisation, along with ideas for an action plan.

This session has been developed with the assistance of VOYCE, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, and Unicef, and will be facilitated by Anya Satyanand of Ara Taiohi.


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Judge Andrew Becroft 
Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed Children’s Commissioner in 2016. He is the former Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand.

Gráinne Moss
Gráinne Moss is the chief executive officer of Oranga Tamariki, the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

Prue Kapua
Prue Kapua is the national president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League and a partner at Tamatekapua Law.


Programme outline

Day one: Monday 4 September


Registration opens  Oceania Room


Mihi whakatau   Oceania Room

10.00am – 12.30pm

Conference opening

Justin Lester, Mayor of Wellington

Shane Murdoch, SSPA Chair

Keynote speech

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

Workshops sessions

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

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.

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.

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


1.30pm – 5.30pm

Careerforce – introduction to the apprenticeship programme in social services

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

Voice of children and young people in service design and delivery

Keynote speech

Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner

5.30pm – 6.30pm



Pre-dinner drinks and Conference Dinner – Te Marae, Te Papa


Day two: Tuesday 5 September


Registration and guest access


Reflection on Day 1

Keynote speech

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

11.00am - 12.00pm

Workshop Sessions

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

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.

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.

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

Interactive multi-party politicians’ panel

Conference summary and wrap up

Karakia and closing 


3.00- 5.00pm


There are additional fees for Masterclasses, please refer to the Price list. It is possible to register only for Masterclasses via conference registration page.


Masterclass 1

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

ANZASW is hosting a forum for all social workers and social work managers on collaboration and relationship building in social work practice, with three high-quality presentations. 

   - 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

   - 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.

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.






SSPA Members

(excl. GST)


(excl. GST)


Early Bird – 2 days Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)

(up to 14 July 2017)



Early Bird – 1 day Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)

(up to 14 July 2017)





Standard – 2 days Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)




Standard – 1 day Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)





Student - 2 days Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)



Student – 1 Day Registration Fee (excl. Post-conference)




Post-Conference (3.00 – 5.30pm on 5 Sep) Masterclass 1 ANZASW

ANZASW members


Non-ANZASW members


Post-Conference (3.00 – 5.00pm on 5 Sep) Masterclass 2 and 3



Conference Dinner and Entertainment



Conference Dinner and Entertainment  - Student (subject to availability)




Exhibitor Display Fee – 2 days




Exhibitor Display Fee – 1 day




*All prices exclude GST.
* Group discount (6 for the price of 5) is available to SSPA members
* Our cancellation policy:
- Cancellations made by 18 August: 100% refund
- Cancellations made between 19 August - 25 August: 50% refund
- Cancellations made after 26 August: no refund


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Te Papa
55 Cable Street, Wellington

Carparking at Te Papa

Te Papa offers a special function attendees rate of $10.00 from 6am to 6pm and an evening special of $6.00 from 5pm to 2am the next day.
Day hourly parking rate is $4.00 and night hourly is $2.00 from 5pm to 2am the next day.

There is a car parking validator machine available inside the hired venue. Bring your ticket in and pass it through the machine. Then go to a pay station on departure and the special function attendees rate will apply.



Organisations with an interest in the social services and community sector providers are invited to take up an Exhibitor Display space at the Conference.  With around 200 delegates expected to attend, the displays provide an opportunity for profile and reach of your products or services direct to a dedicated audience.

There is a small charge for a display space, and places are limited.

Download a Conference Exhibitor Information for details and specifications and Booking Form.

For any query please contact Ayumi Sakakibara – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027 510 1517.



Following hotels are offering special rates to SSPA conference attendees. Rates available for bookings from 3rd to 6th September.

West Plaza

Queen or Twin rooms
$170 including GST and complimentary WiFi, per room, per night
Phone 0800 731 444 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote "Social Service Providers Aotearoa #412349"
(Rates subject to availability)

Bay Plaza

Single or Double or Twin rooms
$155.00 including GST and 300 MB internet per room, per night. Extra $26.00 per person for full breakfast (incl.GST). Off street car parking for a daily fee at $18.00 per vehicle.
Phone 0800 857 799 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote "Social Service Providers Aotearoa #73745"
(Rates subject to availability) 

Mercure Hotel Abel Smith Wellington

Queen or Twin rooms
$159 per room per night and extra $20 per person for fully cooked buffet breakfast (incl. GST)
Phone 04 385 1304 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote "SSPA conference" or ask to speak directly with Linda, Reservations Manager.
(Rates subject to availability)


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