June 06, 2022
Robyn Marire Corrigan-Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours 2022
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: CORRIGAN, Ms Robyn Marire Harriet
For services to social work
Ms Robyn Corrigan has been involved with social work, particularly Māori social work for more than 30 years.
Ms Corrigan has been a lecturer, a social work practitioner, facilitator, practice leader, clinical team leader, general manager and advisory and board member at local, national, and international levels. She has been determined to ensure families and children are served by effective and ethical social work practice. Between 1990 and 1992 she was one of the first iwi social workers, supporting families, assisting with issues and upholding the mana of the region. She was the inaugural Chair of the Social Workers Registration Board, established in 2003, holding the position for five years. As past Chair of the New Zealand Association of Social Workers, she supported the creation of the Tangata Whenua Takawaenga Caucus, consisting of Māori social work practices from five regions: Tamaki Makaurau, Te Taitokerau, Tairāwhiti, Te Whānau o Rongokāko and Mana Whenua, creating a platform to discuss differences in practice and ethical boundaries when working with Māori. She represents New Zealand on the International Indigenous Voices in Social Work conferences. Ms Corrigan is a founding member of the Tangata Whenua Social Workers Association.