Tiromoana and Taranaki House: A tale of their times

Barbara Staniforth


The overall history of social work education in Aotearoa New Zealand has been well documented by authors such as McCreary (1971a,b), Nash (1998) and Cranna (1989). Tiromoana and Taranaki House social work residential training institutions were set up by the Education Department, Child Welfare Division to meet a gap in social work training in the country in the 1960s and 70s. These programmes, which were at times contentious, appeared to be unique and particular to their time, place and context in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

This article provides some history and participant recollections about Tiromoana (Porirua) and Taranaki House (Auckland) for social work’s historical record. This article attempts to piece together various sources, including recent interviews, and to weave together some of the facts and stories of these two institutions. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol27iss1-2id13


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