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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., Harris, P., & Tsantefski, M. (2023). Poverty and its Impact on Children and Families. Heward-Belle, S. &Tsantefski, M. Port Melbourne, Australia (Vol. 3rd).

Matthewson, P.J., & Rose, I. (2023). Supporting People of Diverse Genders and Sexualities. Heward-Belle, S. &Tsantefski, M. Port Melbourne, Australia (Vol. 3rd).

Matthewson, P.J. (2023). The Origins of Social Care and Social Work: Creating a Global Future. M. Henrickson, International Journal of Community and Social Development (Vol. 5/2).

Matthewson, P.J. (2022). Safely Negotiating the Intersection: Managing the Personal and Professional Dimensions of Life in Social Work Education. ANZSWWER Symposium, Melbourne.

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

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

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

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.