David Kenkel

Social Practice
Location: Building 510, Room 5017


Masters of Arts (2nd class hons) in Social Policy, Massey University

Professional memberships

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)


Professional and Industry Experience

  • 2008 2010, Lecturer and Programme leader BSocP
  • 2007 2008, Advisor for the Office of the Childrens commissioner, Part-time Lecturer Unitec, BSocP
  • 2006 2007, UNICEF National Advocacy Manager
  • 2000- 2006, Part-time Lecturer Unitec, BSocP; Private practice, home based family work, primarily with CYFS clients; crisis intervention work with child witnesses of domestic violence; coordinating stopping violence programmes; facilitating stopping violence groups (Domestic Violence Centre)
  • 1994 - 2000, Family Therapist/Social Worker/Group Facilitator West Auckland Family Services, and Copeland House Counselling Centre,Methodist Mission Northern; St Mary's Family Centre, Anglican Social Services, Otahuhu
  • 1988 - 1992, Community Worker/group facilitator Weston Creek Community Service; Ainslie Village, ACT, Australia; Richmond Fellowship, Auckland
  • 1978 - 1988, Medical, surgical, palliative care, geriatric and psychiatric (enrolled) nursing primarily with Auckland District Health Board and Thames District Health Board.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Post-structural and socially contexted approaches to social practice education
  • Future saturated policy and its impact on children's sense of self
  • Identity, power and constructions of freedom in late capitalist societies
  • Child advocacy and social change
  • Sustainability, time and the subject
  • Family violence and gender.

Graduate supervision of theses

Neville, Diane Woolson (2013). Experiences of advocacy : situating experiences of contemporary women's advocates within the feminist movement to end violence against women


Kenkel, D J. (2017). Placing People in Time: Musing tales of character from the land where neo-liberalism wasn't. ACDA & IACD Conference, Waitakere Campus Henderson.

Kenkel, D. J. (2016). Advocating for Children Domestic Violence and a voice for Children. Wiseup Conference: Anglican Trust for Women and Children, Auckland.

Doswell, K., Haigh, D., & Kenkel, D. (2016). Gentrification, Change and GlenEden (Draft). Auckland, Unitec.

Kenkel, D. J. (2016). The absent elephant in the 2016 Modernising Child Youth and Family Expert Panel Report. New Zealand, Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand (Vol. Re-Imagining Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand).

Kenkel, D., and Prestidge , P. (2015). Do we really need to park democracy in the doorway of NGOs? Community Development Conference, Unitec Waitakere Campus, Auckland.

Kenkel, D., & Prestidge, P. (2015). Community development and the 'policy governance' approach: Have we voted out democracy? WHANAKE: The Pacific Journal of Community Development (Vol. 1(2)).

Kenkel, D., & Ashley, P. (2015). Fostering creative engagement with uncertainty: Teaching the value of not knowing. National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Kenkel , D., and Ashley , P. (2014). Discourse Analysis - Values. Some Ideas for Practice - Social Constructionism. Waitemata District Health Board - Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 24 June.

Kenkel, D. (2014). Statement from the team. Hunt, N., Kingsnorth, P., & Wheeler, S. (Eds). Dark Mountain Volume 6. CPI Group Ltd.,Croyden, UK.

Kenkel, D., and Fletcher , T. (2014). Domestic violence - Mental Health social work. Waitemata District Health Board - Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 16 Dec 2014.

Kenkel, D. (2014). Update and discussion around changes to Domestic Violence Programmes. WAVES Trust Interagency Meeting, Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, 8 April.

Kenkel, D., and Ashley, P. (2014). Boundaries, Confidentiality, Safety and Managing Information. Massey Matters, Auckland, 22 May.

Kenkel, D. (2013). Supporting police in shifting focus from conviction to community engagement. WAVES network, Auckland, 12 November.

Kenkel, D., and Hyslop, I. (2013). The stubborn business of Social Work: A brief look at how Social Work recreates its art in the face of global and local change. Waitemata District Health Board Mental Health Social Workers Education Day, Auckland, 19 June.

Kenkel, D. (2011). Use of control logs, and working with some new approaches from the updated stopping violence manual. Man Alive, Waitakere, August.

Kenkel, D., and Hyslop, I. (2009). Myths about boys. Violence Free Waitakere and Waitakere City Council Focus on Fathering Week.

Kenkel, D. (2008). Why does abuse keep coming back? Robinson, B. (ed), Keeping Kids Safe Conference Findings 2008, Auckland (Vol. online).

Kenkel, D., Watson, P., and Fletcher, T. (2008). Finding the courage. Every Child Counts Conference, Wellington.

Kenkel, D. (2008). Human rights, children, and domestic violence. Global Healthcare Solutions for Vulnerable Populations Conference, AUT University and the National Nursing Centres Consortium, Auckland.

Rennie, G. J., & Kenkel, D. (2000). Social Work Political Participation in New Zealand. Presented to the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work conference, Manukau.