About Us/O mātou huānga




Social Equity & Wellbeing Network /Tuia te Oranga

Registered Charity No CC26511



A world based on social equity, justice and wellbeing.


To actively promote and support social equity, justice and wellbeing through collaboration to identify, understand and advocate on issues that impact on the marginalised.


  • People first.
  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Equity and equality
  • Transparency.
  • Good stewardship (kaitiakitaka).
  • Collaboration and accountability.
  • All our actions and activities will reflect these values.


Download the rules of the incorporated society :

 SEWN Rules



SEWN Annual Report 2017


SEWN surveys members every two years on how well we provide our core activities and services. Our latest survey results may be found here:

2017 Accountability Report


SEWN is a member of Community Networks Aotearoa, formerly NZ Council of Social  Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SEWN is a member of the Climate Change Coalition and supports the Climate Change Declaration http://www.ourclimatedeclaration.org.nz/the_declaration

SEWN Office Staff

♦ Sharon is our dedicated, experienced Kaituiora, the mainstay and face of SEWN      

Carmel (Apiha Kaitautoko) brings great admin and management skills to SEWN from her banking and small business background                                                                 

Gwen our versatile Volunteer (Tohu Matatau) has been a valued and integral part of the SEWN team  for many years


SEWN Board (2017-2018)

♦ Ian Lothian  (Chair) As an audit director with Audit NZ, Ian deals with many government agencies and community organisations and brings experience from Boards, Trusts, Councils and governance in small to large organisations.

♦ Allen Gibbs   Allen was Manukura (Executive Officer) of Kakakura Health Services in Christchurch for many years and past Chair of the SEWN Board.

♦ Liz Hawes   Liz is involved with the OSCAR Network in Christchurch and brings valuable NFP sector experience to the Board.

♦ Helen Gatonyi   Helen was Manager of the Tenants’ Protection Association in Christchurch for 25 years.  She has served on the SEWN Board for many years and is a past Chairperson.

 Chris Webber  As manager of the PEEEP Trust in Christchurch, Chris  provides his non-profit management perspective to the Board.

♦ Greg Chilton-Smith (Treasurer) Greg is an employment specialist at Odyssey House and brings this expertise  to SEWN.

We are generously supported by: