The purposes of cultural supervision


  • Anaru Eketone



supervision, cultural supervision


If you are working in the social services sector, over 40 and Māori, chances are that you will have been asked to provide cultural supervision for a younger Māori worker. However, when you ask what do they mean by cultural supervision, after a slightly panicked look, you can get a variety of different answers. They all know that it is supposed to be done, that it is considered important, in fact some are required by their employers or contracts to have it, but until very recently few seem to know what they actually wanted. This article reports on a brief research project as part of a Masters in Social Welfare programme that interviewed Māori social workers and Māori and Pākehā social work managers about their expectations and experiences of cultural supervision. The participants were asked four questions about the purpose of cultural supervision, who should get cultural supervision, the qualities of a cultural supervisor and problems they had encountered in cultural supervision. Four different types of cultural supervision are identified

Author Biography

Anaru Eketone

Anaru Eketone is from Ngāti Maniapoto and Waikato and is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Otago. Prior to that, he worked for ten years as a youth worker in South Auckland and six years as a health promotion adviser in Dunedin. He is married to Margaret and together they have two adult children.


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How to Cite

Eketone, A. (2016). The purposes of cultural supervision. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 24(3-4), 20–30.