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Peter Matthewson

Senior Lecturer - Social Practice, School of Healthcare and Social Practice
School of Healthcare and Social Practice
Location: Building 510, Room 5023


M.Phil (Social Policy and Social Work), Massey University Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Mental Health), University of Otago Dip.Soc.Sci (Social Policy and Social Work), Massey University B.A, University of Auckland Dip.Tchng, Secondary Teachers College, Auckland

Professional memberships

Registered Social Worker
ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers)


Professional and Industry Experience

  • Lecturer, Human Services programmes, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 2007-2010
  • Senior Social Worker and Clinical Social Work Specialist, Mental Health Division, Canterbury District Health Board, 2001-2006
  • Probation Officer, Department of Corrections, 1990-2001 (including secondment as therapist to Kia Marama Special Treatment Unit, Rolleston Prison, 1998)
  • Director, Auckland Branch, Open Home Foundation, 1985- 1990
  • Social Worker, Department of Social Welfare, 1981-1985
  • Contract group facilitator, Stopping Violence Services, Christchurch, 1997-2006
  • Contract group facilitator, STOP Programme, Christchurch, 1998
  • Consultant training projects on mental health following disaster situations in Indonesia, Banda Aceh 2005 and Jogjakarta, 2006.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Undertaking PhD study on faith based agencies in social services and community development
  • Mental health
  • Social work response to disaster
  • International aid and development
  • Professional leadership


Matthewson, P.J. (2021). PURSUING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND RESISTANCE TO OPPRESSION: RAINBOW COMMUNITIES IN UGANDA. Australasia Pacific International Community Development Conference, Online.

Matthewson, P J. (2021). Values-based politics and new structural social work: Theory for a post-neoliberal age? Whanake: the Pacific Journal of Community Development (Vol. 7(1)).

Matthewson, PJ. (2020). Resistance to oppression and pursuing Community Development: Rainbow communities in Uganda. Unitec Research Symposium, Auckland.

Matthewson, PJ. (2019). Social work and poverty, theory and practice: Challenges and proposed research. Talking Teaching 2019, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Matthewson, P. J. (2018). Values Based Politics and New Structural Social Work: Theory for a Post-Neoliberal Age? Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, Dublin, Ireland.

Matthewson, P. J. (2018). The IFSW Motion of Censure of Israel Union of Social Workers: A Wero (challenge) from Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, Dublin, Ireland.

Matthewson, P. J. (2017). Pursuing Peace and Justice Confronting Oppression in Palestine. ACDA & IACD Community Development Conference 2017, Auckland.

Matthewson, P J. (2016). An Urgent Demand for Justice Confronting Oppression in Palestine. Social Work in Changing Times: Towards Better Outcomes, Massey University, Palmerston North.

Matthewson, P.J., & Tunncliffe, C.E. (2015). Toward partnership: building conditions of mutual reciprocity. National Tertiary Learngin and Teaching Conference, Tauranga.

Matthewson, P. J., Hughes, C., McNabb, D., Kuruvila, A., & Roberts, L. (2015). Social work and community development: What's the story? Community Development Conference, Unitec Waitakere Campus, Auckland.

Matthewson, P.J. (2014). Social policy and welfare in Aotearoa New Zealand: a historical and current overview. The Council for International Fellowship, Unitec Department of Social Practice, Auckland, 5 November.

Bradford, S., and Matthewson, P. J. (2014). Is there a place for radical social work in Aotearoa 2014? Unitec Winter Lecture Series, 30 July.