Social Service Providers Aotearoa reacts to Budget 2022

May 2022 - Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA), the national peak body for community-based social service providers, says that several Budget 2022 investments will help children, rangatahi and whānau, and investing in changes to how social services are commissioned will support outcomes in the long-term. However, SSPA says next year’s Budget must include social sector investment on a more comprehensive basis, to sit holistically alongside this year’s health sector investments.  Read the full media release here. 
For further post Budget commentary check out:
- 'The great Spinoff hot-take roundtable' which contains short summary reactions from sector experts, including SSPA CEO Dr Claire Achmad – read it here
- This Stuff article 'Widespread disappointment from social agencies experiencing skyrocketing need' includes commentary from SSPA CEO Dr Claire Achmad – read it here

Whakamanawa 2022 Resource Kete

Resourse kete bannerMay 2022 -  You can still experience value from Whakamanawa 2022 despite the Conference itself being over for this year! SSPA has put together the Whakamanawa 2022 Resource Kete to tautoko your ongoing development, learning and wellbeing. Links to all the resources are here in one place for you. Delve in to explore the Conference content – now available exclusively to you as a Whakamanawa 2022 participant. Also see the links to register for the Conference workshops we are able to re-offer for you – at no cost, but you’ll need to register.  E raka te maui, e raka te katau - A community can use the skill of its people.  Facilitated by Jane Bennett & Louisa Webster, Youth Horizons Kia Puāwai. Being held on  9:30am-10:30am, Friday 27 May | Online.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Whakamanawa 2022 is just around the corner!

We are so excited to welcome you on Monday to our Zoom virtual conference.

Please note: Our registrations via Humanitix close Friday 1 April at 5pm.  If in any case you miss the deadline, please reach out to Ayesha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets - we will do our absolute best to accomodate you.

If you have registered you will have received via email:

  • Conference guide
  • Whakamanawa 2022 - Final Details - an email with information to help you make the most of your conference experience

Your digital invitation to join Whakamanawa 2022 will be emailed directly from Zoom Events by the end of today, Friday 1 April 5pm.  

Please check your spam folder first if you havent received these items.  But do get in contact if you dont see the link.  Youi can email Britta van Uden, Event Management Team on behalf of SSPA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Whakamanawa 2022

Whakamanawa speakers 2We are looking forward to bringing you a high-quality virtual experience at Whakamanawa – The National Social Services Conference 2022 on April 4-6 2022, running across each of these three days in the mornings and finishing at 12:30pm. 

Whakamanawa is the only Conference in Aotearoa bringing together social services kaimahi, social sector leaders and influencers. It's an opportunity to engage with social services and social sector kaimahi from all corners of the motu to learn about and share your whakaaro on the latest developments in government policy, social service practice, workforce development and related kaupapa.  

We have confirmed some exciting speakers who we know are going to inspire and rejuvenate! 

Stay tuned on our website for workshops, panel sessions and pockets of wellness being announced as part of the Conference programme in the coming days! You can also view the programme to learn what’s in store.  

We look forward to sharing the space with you at Whakamanawa 2022 – the Conference for all those working in social services throughout Aotearoa. It is sure to be a great occasion that you won’t want to miss.  

Purchase your ticket now, to join us, your colleagues and friends from around the motu at Whakamanawa 2022.

Latest policy and advocacy from SSPA

March 2022 - SSPA presented our submission on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and the Children and Young People’s Commission Bill at the Social Services and Community Select Committee on 23 February 2022.  Watch the submission made to the Select Committee by Claire Achmad, CEO and Fiona Bawden, Policy Advisor.  Read the full submission here.  

On March 9 2022, SSPA made our oral submission on the Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.  Watch from 59.30 to see Claire Achmad, CEO and Fiona Bawden, Policy Advisor make our oral submission.  Read the full submission here

Strong policy and advocacy is one way we are amplifying the experiences and views of our members, to influence outcomes for them and the children, rangatahi, families and whānau they work alongside every day.