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Nathan Jaquiery

BA, DipGrad, MSW (app), ANZASW, SWRB

Nathan Jaquiery ImageMy name is Nathan Jaquiery and I am a PhD student in Social Work at the University of Otago. I am also employed by the University as a Professional Practice Fellow in the Social and Community Work programme. I am a registered social worker with twenty years’ social work experience, having worked in a variety of social work roles, ranging from social worker in schools, youth justice and care and protection, and in both Government and NGO sectors.

My doctoral thesis explores the perceptions and experiences of foster parents and social workers, as well as seeking the voices and views of young people who are in permanent foster care placements. I aim to examine the elements, characteristics and attributes that contribute to perceived placement success for young people as they journey out of the foster care system. Why are some placements successful and some not? Why are some young people ‘in care’ better equipped and resourced as they transition (or journey) out of the State care system? Influences that will be considered include: social work planning, legal advice, financial issues, access and contact with birth family, attachment/relationships between foster care household members and with their biological family, cultural and ethnic placement match, young person’s behaviour, historical factors, level of resourcing both formal and informal (family supports etc), guardianship, number of previous placements, engagement with education and foster care training and further professional development. This research relies on an explorative qualitative methodology, where semi-structured interviews will inform each case study.

At this particular time in history our child protection service, Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry for Children, Otago, is experiencing significant changes and restructure. It is hoped that this research will contribute to the development and formulation of social policy specifically in relation to transition to independence services as they continue to be developed in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am working under the guidance and support of my supervisors, Dr Emily Keddell and Associate Professor Nicola Atwool, and I thank them for their advice, inspiration and wisdom as I continue on this journey.

Ola Kattoura

I am a PhD student in Social Work at Otago University. I work as a social worker and have completed my Masters degree at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Partner abuse is the most common form of violence against women, and its incidence increases annually causing injuries, disability, mental and psychological outcomes or even death.

Of the various professional interventions offered to battered women, shelters are considered the most significant link which provides women protection, support and assistance in breaking the circle of violence. Yet, shelters in different closed and conservative societies and cultures such as the Arab society in Israel are considered a cruel violation to family and society traditions and norms. Furthermore, there is a lack of empirical research about battered women residing in shelters in Israel and very little is known about the contribution of these shelters. This gap of knowledge is even more pronounced among Arab women, citizens of Israel, who are part of an ethnic group. This is in spite of their high representation in shelters.

In light of the above, my study aims to deepen the understanding on domestic violence against Arab women, yet in relation with the tangled conflicted reality in Israel.

Israel has been engaged for so long in violent conflicts, a fact that is accompanied with militarization that has clearly affected women in the country, be they of the Jewish majority or the Arab minority. It is known that collective violence such as war, state repression, torture or conflict violence increases the risk of various forms of gender-based violence. For this purpose, battered Arab and Jewish women residing in shelters will be compared, while considering the cultural and socio-political characteristics of the Arab society in Israel alongside the conflicted tangled political reality in Israel.

There were many reasons to choose Otago University to enrol within its PhD program; however the most paramount ones are for its international reputation in quality education, its highly professional supervision and a personal reason focusing on my intention to explore the phenomenon of domestic violence against women in Israel, the Arab Palestinian women in particular, from a distant perspective.

I am working under the guidance and the supervision of Dr Melanie Beres, Dr Carla Lam and Dr Nicola Atwool; I am blessed and grateful to have them as my supervisors.

Vanessa Oatley

Supervision: Associate Professor Emily Keddell and Associate Professor Anaru Eketone
"Beyond good intentions: Exploring Pākehā social work"

Vanessa Oatley imageMy research project is an exploration of the epistemological assumptions underpinning the practice of Pākehā statutory social workers working with Māori whānau in the Aotearoa New Zealand care and protection system. It is within this statutory space that structural racism, first acknowledged thirty three years ago in the Puao-te-ata-tu report, remains a persistent feature, adversely impacting Māori whānau, hāpu, and iwi.

The research is grounded in the recognition of biculturalism as a dominant political paradigm in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Pākehā social worker’s explicit obligation to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi, alongside their professional ethical and practice obligations.

The project will use qualitative methodology involving semi-structured interviews with registered Pākehā social workers currently working in the statutory context. The purpose of the interviews is to capture social workers' perceptions of their ability to meet their professional obligations to Māori whānau, and how they know when they have.

The aim of the project is to utilise the research outcomes to further inform the existing discussion on how Pākehā social workers can improve their practice with Māori whānau, hāpu and iwi in statutory social work.

Completed theses

  • Johnston, Lorraine (2020) Housing sectors in Invercargill – who benefits?, MSW.
  • Mazai, Petronilla (2018) How Migrants and Refugees Experience Play Therapy: The influences of cultural background and interactions with Social Services, MSW.
  • McCafferty, Elizabeth (2018) Social Work Skills for Students Prior to Fieldwork Placement, MA in Human Services.
  • King, Lisa-Marie (2017) Indigenous Social Work Practice Development: The contribution of manaakitanga to Mana-enhancing social work practice theory, MSW.
  • Chung, Saemyi (2017) In Pursuit of Beauty Within the Ageing Body: Voices from older Korean women in New Zealand, PhD.
  • Wason, Susan (2017) Saints or Communists? The story of Dunedin/Ōtepoti food banks and foodshare. MA in Human Services.
  • Randal, Howard (2017) There's a new kid on the block. A longitudinal study of the aspirations held by members of the social work profession for the introduction of statutory registration for social workers in Aotearoa New Zealand … and the consequences. MSW.
  • Beale, Sally (2017) Child Sexual Abuse: Knowing and not knowing in social work practice and education, PhD.
  • Murray, Vicki (2017) Hoki ki tōu maunga kia purea ai koe ki ngā hau o Tāwhirimātea. A tangata whenua model of supervision. Masters in Clinical Supervision.
  • Tompkins, Gina (2017) The legal and practice implications of the s18A amendment to the Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, Masters Human Services.
  • Harvey, Monique (2017) "Baby Mama": The experiences of being a teenage parent, Masters in Supervision and Management.
  • Fraser, Sarah (2017) Is there a Suit Missing in the Social Worker's Wardrobe? A study of the nature and extent of an educator role in everyday social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, PhD.
  • Bruce, Gabrielle (2017) Pregnant Adolescents: how do social workers assess their parenting capacity?, MA in Childhood and Youth Studies.
  • Willers, Rob (2017) Treatment Adherence Among People with Schizophrenia: an application of the theory of planned behaviour, MSW.
  • Roxborogh, Phillip (2016) Understanding how mature students make sense of success in the Social Work Programme at the University of Otago. Plotting a Sociological Revolution using the thinking tools of Pierre Bourdieu, MA in Human Services.
  • Ikkala, Shirley (2016) Aroha Across the PA Honouring our Kuia: Whānau and the role of Kuia in the 21st Century - a Māori Perspective, MSW.
  • Hannan, Monica (2016) The Impact of Notification to Statutory Services on the NGO Client-Worker Relationship, MSW.
  • Whyte, Susan (2016) Parenting self-efficacy in parents of adolescents: Does it increase by completing The Parenting Place Tween & Teens Toolbox Parenting Programme? MSW.
  • Kapea-Maslin, Shona (2016) Kaupapa Māori: Fact or Fiction? MSW.
  • George, Jane E. (2015) The Health & Wellbeing Connection: Supporting Frequent Visitors at the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department to Develop the Skills to Successfully Navigate Their Health Journey, MSW.
  • Greer, Andrea (2015) Relationships Matter? Multiple Perspectives on Children’s Attachment Experiences in Group Home Settings, MSW endorsed in Mental Health Practice.
  • McKean, Kaye M. (2015) Effects of ‘The Teachability Factor’ Professional Development Workshop on Teachers’ Perceptions of Challenging Children in their Classroom, MSW.
  • Wilson, Pamela (2015) The Journey out of Childhood Relational Trauma - Adult clients and therapists consider the usefulness of the therapeutic relationship in mediating childhood abuse and childhood relational trauma, MSW endorsed in Supervision and Social Services.
  • Devescovi, Karen (2014) Challenges relatives face when they have a family member with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, MSW.
  • Beaton, Ana (2013) Tahuri Atu Mentoring Programme, MSW.
  • Deighton, Sarah (2013) Breaking bad news - the factors which influence the process of breaking bad news within a New Zealand hospital setting, MSCW.
  • Keddell, Emily (2013) Beyond Care versus Control: Decision-making discourses and their functions in child protection social work, PhD.
  • Lee, Karlene (2013) Should I stay or should I go: a study of NZ NGO social service managers' job satisfaction, job dissatisfaction and the implications for retention, MSW.
  • Mou-Vagi, Limu (2013) Struggles of Rural Youth: Factors that empower and disempower youth in rural villages - Central Province, PNG, MSCW.
  • Schwalger, Sharon (2013) Long Term Psychiatric Patients, MSW.
  • Derrett, Michelle (2012) Health Social Work Competency Framework, MSW.
  • Gillan, Vivienne (2012) Ending alcohol Abuse in Aoetearoa, MSW.
  • Hollis-English, Awhina (2012) Maori Social Workers: Experiences within social services organisations, PhD.
  • Huling, Joan (2012) "It's All About U" Leadership Course, MSCW.
  • Osam, Ejukwa (2012) Factors that Deter and Enhance Recovery from Demoralisation Among Refugees and Migrants in Christchurch, PhD.
  • Radford, Mark (2012) More Than Just Meds, MSW.
  • Service, Karen (2012) Women's Views of the EDPS, MSW.
  • Tiano, Noel (2012) Advance Directives and Older People, MSCW.
  • Ellery, Lincoln (2011) Does NZ need a sex offender register? MSW.
  • Jasperse, Kyla (2011) Difficulties faced by Maori students that have disabilities at Otago University, MSW.
  • Gavigan, Kathleen (2011) Developing and Preserving Wellbeing at the Front Line of New Zealand Police, PhD
  • Riwhi, Jan (2011) Shared Parenting: Mothers' Experiences, MSW.
  • Dodson, Marsa (2010) Practising Tamariki 'Angai: Mangaia's Informal Island Adoption, PhD.
  • Gillanders, Margaret (2010) Recording Social Work Supervision, MSW.
  • Taylor, Sarah (2010) Mental Health Brief Intervention, MSW.
  • Wereta, Suzanne (2010) Toi Maori Ki Otepoti, MSCW.
  • Camp, Justine (2009) Social Impact of Type II Diabetes, MCApSc.
  • Mierzejewski, Piotr (2009) Consumer Inclusion in CCSDA N.Z., MSCW.
  • Poihipi, Vanessa (2009) Seeing Iwi Maori, Being Iwi Maori, MSCW.
  • Stirling, Blair (2009) Moving Beyond Acknowledgement: An investigation of the role of spirituality and religion within the professional practice of social work in Aotearoa/New Zealand, PhD.
  • Weir, Megan (2009) Impact of Measurement Accountability, MSW.
  • Aiono-Faletolu, Tala (2008) Assumed voices of Samoa, MSW.
  • Coote, Pania (2008) Going Home? MSW.
  • Flinn, Jan (2008) Kotuki Experience - Peer Service Delivery, MSW.
  • Frengley, Shiona (2008) Kinship Care: Roots or Grafts? MSW.
  • Johnstone, Jocelyn (2008) Attachment with Russian Children, MA.
  • Marshall, Sally (2008) Weaving & Healing with Whanau, MSW.
  • Criglington, Ivan (2007) Family Inclusive Teamwork in Mental Health, MSW.
  • Iyiani, Christian (2007) A Case Study of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Nigeria: Assessment and recommendations, PhD.
  • Favell, Margaret (2007) Power, Control and Accountability in a Voluntary Organisation: The implications for professional staff and service delivery, PhD.
  • McKay, James (2007) Men's Mental Health, MSW.
  • Perera, Druinie (2007) Seen & Not Heard, MCApSc.
  • Walker, Peter (2007) For better or for worse. A case study analysis of social services partnerships in Aotearoa/New Zealand, PhD.
  • Fanene-Taiti, Hana (2006) Identities of NZ Born Samoans, MCApSc.
  • Hollis, Awhina (2006) Pūao-te-Ata-tū and Māori Social Work Methods, MA.
  • Jardine, Felicite (2006) Refugee Health, MSW.
  • McArthur, Carroll (2006) Adolescence, Bereavement & Coping, MA.
  • Te Koeti, Irene (2006) Evaluation of the Temper Tamers Programme, MSW.
  • Eketone, Anaru (2005) Tapuwae, MCApSc.
  • McArthur, Dorothy (2005) Support for Vietnamese Social Work, MCApSc.
  • McInerney, Judith (2005) The Buddy Programme, MSW.
  • Ngahooro, Roger (2005) The Pragmatics of Whanau in Education, MCApSc.
  • Bennett, Patricia (2004) The 'L' in Counselling, MSW.
  • Bernhardt, Juan (2003) Employment & Mental Illness, MSW.
  • Cunningham, Polly (2003) Probation Work with Victims, MSW.
  • Charteris, Nicola (2002) Counselling with Feminist Imagery, MCApSc.
  • King, Denise (2002) Women's Perspective on Crime, MCApSc.
  • Newton, Debra (2002) Children's Prespectives on Family Violence, MCApSc.
  • Walker, Shayne (2002) The Maatua Whangai Programme O Otepoti, MCApSc.
  • Ellis, Marion (2001) Victims, Restorative Justice & the NZ Family Conference, MCApSc.
  • Shannon, Bernadine (2001) Adoption Reunion Practice Model, MSW.
  • Carver, Jayne (2000) Consumer Perceptions of Health Care, MCApSc.
  • Kelliher, Marie (2000) Help-Seeking Behaviour and Youth Suicide Prevention, MCApSc.
  • Stewart, Jeremy (1999) Empowering Practices, MCApSc.
  • Perry, Claire (1997) Intentional Community Network Building, MCApSc.
  • Walker, Peter (1997) Power Relationships & Law Centres, MCApSc.