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Gavin Rennie

Senior Lecturer - Social Practice, School of Healthcare and Social Practice
School of Healthcare and Social Practice
Location: Building 510, Room 5009

Professional memberships

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)


Professional and Industry Experience

  • 2004 - 2010, Treasurer IASSW
  • 1996 - 2004, Chairperson, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Work Education
  • 1992 - 2002, Head of School, Unitec School of Community Studies
  • 1997 - 2010, Board member International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
  • 1992 -1993, Member of NZCETTS Working party on RPL
  • 1990 -1991, Self Employed Consultant
  • 19,90 National COGS Committee
  • 1984 -1991, Director, Friendship House, Manukau City, Auckland
  • 1988 -1989, Chair, South Auckland COGS Committee
  • 1982 -1983, Community Adviser, Methodist Central Mission, Auckland
  • 1977 -1982, Community Adviser, Waite Mata City, Auckland
  • 1979 Past National Chair, Community Volunteers.

Areas of Research Interest

  • The impact of the free market on Church social services
  • Church-State relations
  • The links between social practice and theology
  • The political activities of social workers
  • Human Rights and Community Development.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Gavin Rennie as Principal Supervisor

Chanthavong, Thongkham (2015). Assessing perceived well-being and safety of a Lao rural community in Nakai, Khammouane province as a result of completed unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance and risk education activities (Master of Social Practice)
Chanhthamaly, Lalongkone (2015). A study of the effectiveness of international non-governmental organisation capacity building activities for the Lao government at national, sub- national and local levels to be prepared to handle natural disasters in Laos (Master of Social Practice)

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Gavin Rennie as Associate Supervisor

Sykes, Vicki (2015). Business acquisition in the community sector in New Zealand (Master of Social Practice)
Meima, Yolanda (2014). An evaluation of a New Zealand safe@home service : using a crime prevention approach to enhance the safety and overall well-being for high risk victims of domestic violence (Master of Social Practice)


Rennie, G.J., & Tunnicliffe, C.E. (2015). Just Practice A framework for social change. Community Development Conference 2015, Auckland.

Rennie, G., & Tunnicliffe, C. (2015). From ivory tower to community: power sharing, reciprocity, and partnership. ANZSWWER, Melbourne Australia.

Rennie, G., and Tunnicliffe, C. (2014). Just Practice: An educative paradigm for social change. IASSW/IFSW/Joint conference on social work education and social development, Melbourne, Austrailia, 9-12 July,.

Rennie, G. (2013). Registration ten years on: A perspective from a social work educator. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work (Vol. 25(3)).

Epston, D., Rennie, G., and Napan, K. (2012). On becoming a just practitioner: experimenting with the final paper of an undergraduate programme as a rite of passage, in: Epston, D. (2012). Down under et up over: Voyages en therapie narrative. (B. Arnaud, P. Blanc-Sahnoun, C. Crettenand, P. Godard, C. Levejac, C. Mengelle, P. Nassif, V. Steiner & M. Voisin-Blanc, Trans.). Editions de la Fabrique Narrative (pp. 141-166). Retrieved from: (Original work published 2008).

Rennie, G., and Mackintosh, H. (2011). Taku Manawa: Evaluation 2011. Report for Human Rights Commission- Evaluation Taku Manawa, Northland, Bay of Plenty, Southland.

Rennie, G.J. (2010). Use of Human Rights Education to create change at Community Level. Human Rights Education Conference, University of Western Sydney, 4-6 November.

Rennie, G. (2009). Value-based organizations and services in times of a market-based orthodoxy (keynote address). Anglicare Conference, Auckland.

Epston, D., Rennie, G., and Napan, K. (2008). On becoming just a practitioner: Experimenting with the final paper of an undergraduate programme as rite of passage. Bowen, B. (Ed), Down under and up over: Travels with Narrative Therapy. Warrington, UK: Association of Family Therapy.

Rennie, G. (2008). Community education in the West - a retrospective gaze and a few thoughts towards the future. Keynote address. Adult and Community Education Conference, Henderson, Auckland.

Napan, K., and Rennie, G. (2008). Higher education or education for hire - examining possible ways of recovering higher education from mediocrity. Critical Thoughts: Recovering Higher Education Conference, Wellington.

Gray, M., and Rennie, G. (2007). International social work: Bodies with organs. Social Work Review (Vol. 19 (2)).

Rennie, G. (2007). Development tracks: The theory and practice of community development. Community Development Journal (Vol. 41 (4)).

Orme, J., and Rennie, G. (2006). The role of registration in ensuring ethical practice. International Social Work (Vol. 49(3)).