To myfamily,with love, wonder and admiration for who and what you all are.
To those who taught me social work: academics, clients, students and members of the Aotearoa/Zealand Association of Social Workers. The work of the contributors and the publishing team is also acknowledged with gratitude.
I dedicate this book to my family, to those who have gone before and who have influenced the way I see the world and to those who are here today and share both the happy and sad times. Thank you to my parents who have shown me what it means to care for others. To my partner, Garth, and to mysons, Matt and Josh, thank you for keeping me real and reminding me to celebrate the many ordinary, but special moments in our busy days. A special thank you goes to Miha who has been in our life for many years and who has taught me about strengths-based practice and never giving up no matter how hard the journey. Thank you to two special colleagues – to Jackie my research partner, thank you for the fun and inspiration. Janet, thanks go to you for the support on a daily level and for making work fun. And to my co-editors – it has been a joy working with you and I look forward to the next project. Thank you.
To Rosemary, Richard, Rebekah and Dorothy and in memory of 'Auckland Granddad'.
I wish to acknowledge the work of the contributors and the publishing team.