Who Are We?
NZESS is a not-for-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Trustees , including chairperson, secretary, and treasurer, from different cultural and professional backgrounds. We are a team of registered Social Workers who speak a range of languages including Persian, Farsi, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic and Hindi, and a multi-lingual family counsellor.
We assist Middle Eastern and other Ethnic Minority families towards well-being and resilience in their adjustment and contribution to life in Aotearoa NZ. We offer migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers a safe and culturally sensitive environment in which to gain support, accurate information and better understanding
We support at-risk families and vulnerable children through services of intervention and prevention, advocacy and education.
We provide these services by staff who are fluent in the languages and cultures of their clients.
New Zealand Ethnic Social Services (NZESS) is a not-for-profit organisation which was established in 2003 to provide critically needed social support services for individuals and families of ethnic communities, to create healthy families and thereby a healthier community in New Zealand. NZESS was restructured in 2017, and continues its services with new board members and a new team of social workers. The NZESS Trust Board comprises people of a wide range of expertise and from various cultures and ethnicities including Middle Eastern, Indian and NZ. Our staff team includes registered social workers, a manager and a number of contracted and voluntary assistants.
NZESS continues to provide holistic social services and educational programs for the benefit of ethnic families and individuals.
What We Do?
NZESS provides a range of support services for ethnic communities designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Our Social Workers also work with ethnic households who are assessed as being in need of support for family issues and in times of crisis. It provides services to families/whanau to help restore safety and wellbeing where family harm has occurred or is at risk of doing so. NZESS creates long term change needed to prevent family violence from recurring and helps families access additional services needed and draw on wider whanau/community to achieve longer-term change. NZESS works collaboratively with other family/whanau agencies to reduce service fragmentation and duplication and gaps in frontline services.
We create an environment in which the safety of victims and children is paramount, and where people feel comfortable to ask for assistance.
To offer support, advocacy, education in a culturally informed and safe environment.
To assist Middle Eastern and other Ethnic Minority families towards well-being, resilience and positive contribution in NZ society.
Manaakitanga – Respect and Hospitality – Arohanui – Compassion Rangapu – Partnership
BA, MEdAdmin (Hons) , Dip Tchg
Executive and governance experience in education and community organisations.Board Responsibility: Deputy Chair, Policies & Compliance
BE (Hons), PhD
Leadership experience across multiple sectors, including academia, industry and community. Board Responsibility: Chair Person, Strategy and Policies
Work Experienced social worker, with specialities in youth and adult mental health. Board Responsibility: Compliance & Advocacy
BE, Project Management
Business owner and experienced project manager in large infrastructure and construction. Board Responsibility: Compliance & Advocacy
BSc, Dip Tchg, LTh, Mphil
Anglican Church parish ministry and chaplaincy, as well as leadership in interfaith dialogue. Board Responsibility: Secretary, Communication & Advocacy
BCom, MCom (Finance), CPP
Experienced corporate finance and pricing professional Board Responsibility: Treasurer, Risk & Compliance
Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Councelling, Certificate of Interpreters in Mental Health, Fluent in English and Arabic
Ph.D. in Comparative Study of Religions and Philosophy, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Level3 Certificate in Child Protection, Fluent in Persian, English
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Councelling, Certificate in Social Science, Fluent in Persian, English, Turkish, Kurdish
Communication & Advocacy Lead
Bachelor of Business Information Technology, Experienced in Management Consultating, Workshop facilitation and Program coordination
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Education, Certificate in TIKANGA MAORI, Fluent in Indian, English
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56A Covil Avenue, Te Atatu, South Auckland, New Zealand
Landline: 09 8346668
Mobile: 021 226 5666
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