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Whakamanawa is the moment for all those working in social service mahi to hui together, be inspired, share learning for the work ahead and connect with decision makers.  Whakamanawa is the first National Social Services Conference in two years, and we are excited to be back hosting this important hui in 2021!

Aotearoa's community based social services have played an essential role getting families and whānau through the pandemic.  It is time for us to gather together and build on our strengths from this unprecedented time.

There will be lots of opportunities to network, generate and share ideas, plan action, hear from experts and sector leaders, and learn from each other.  The conference will deliver information to get you up to date on the latest developments in government policy, social service practice, workforce development and a host of other topics.  As your host, SSPA is putting together an exciting programme - so watch this space, and make sure you register to attend.

You will leave the conference informed, reconnected and ready to take ideas for action back to your organisation.  You will be revitalised to take up the challenges and opportunities of working in te ao hurihuri together with Aotearoa's children, rangatahi, families and whānau.  


 Michele ACourt Photography by Kate Little 3126 cropped We are looking forward to welcoming back the wonderful Michele A'Court who will be our MC for our two day journey together.







Workshop Sessions: Call for Expressions of Interest

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We are warmly inviting you to share your expressions of interest to present a workshop session at Whakamanawa | The National Social Services Conference 2021. Whakamanawa is a kanohi ki te kanohi event. 

Workshop themes and what we’re looking for

Whakamanawa 2021 will have a focus on inspiring each other in our social services mahi, sharing best practice in social services work with children, rangatahi, families and whānau, highlighting the impact of collaboration and identifying opportunities for the future.


We are looking for workshop presentations that will broadly support these aims of the Conference, which are grounded in practical experiences and/or research, and which relate to one or more of the following workshop themes:

  • Best practice in social services mahi with children, rangatahi, families and whānau
  • Working in culturally safe and responsive ways
  • Service delivery insights and innovations
  • Workforce challenges and opportunities
  • Leadership and teamwork in social services mahi

SSPA 2021 Leaders Summit 196How to put forward your idea - download all the details here

You’ve got two options: Record a short video (2 mins. max.) or email us using the EOI form (included with the details link above)

Be sure to cover:
Your proposed workshop title, and which theme(s) it relates to
A brief outline of the kaupapa – what will you focus on? What are some of the insights you’ll share? What will participants learn from attending your workshop?
Names and organisations of presenters
Name and email and phone details of key point of contact about your expression of interest

Send to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Whakamanawa 2021 Workshop EOI” by the end of Wednesday 15 September 2021.


CONFERENCE 2021 REGISTRATION COSTS – Early bird rates now available

Registration class

Early bird

Aug – 30 September


I – 28 October

2 days SSPA members

$340 +GST

$390 +GST

1 day SSPA members

$190 +GST

$210 +GST

2 days Non members

$420 +GST

$470 +GST

1 day Non members

$230 +GST

$250 +GST

2 days Student

$125 +GST

$125 +GST

1 day Student

$85 +GST

$85 +GST

Dinner ticket

$85 +GST

$85 +GST


Whakamanawa is a great opportunity for your agency or organisation to showcase your services or products that would be of interest to those in the social service sector.  We welcome your involvement.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the SSPA team.


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