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Community Support Worker |Kaitūruki Te Taihāhā

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Permanent Position

About the Role

Te Taihāhā is looking for that special someone who can fit in with a team of fit, enthusiastic professionals who support those in the community with disabilities while helping them achieve their life goals, increase their independence and engage with communities.


Our support workers are:

  • Able to assist clients with personal cares, showering, feeding and medication oversight

  • Able to support in the home with basic household duties, meal preparation and shopping

  • Tech savvy – able to use our leave applications, complete on-line time-sheeting as well as being able to use our online training portals to upskill themselves for free.

  • Strong communicators and committed to building sound working relationships


  • Be able to start immediately

  • Work alternate weekends

  • Whilst not essential, some work in the disability support sector would be an advantage (Level 2 & 3 HSW Support)

  • Must have a clean and valid driver’s license & own transport

  • Must be eligible to work in NZ

  • Subject to clean police clearance check


Why choose our service

  • Te Oranganui Trust is locally owned, established under the mantles of local iwi Ngā Rauru Ngāti Apa/Ngā Wairiki and Whanganui. 

  • Te Oranganui Trust works closely with ACC, the Ministry of Health and Whanganui DHB to provide person-centred care to its client-base

  • Supports its clients to live their lives the way they want in their homes and communities.

  • FREE ongoing NZQA equivalent qualifications in Health and Wellbeing

  • Free EAP service anytime you might need counselling support and advice

  • Travel reimbursement between your clients

About you

Experience & Qualifications

  • Practical experience of working and caring for people

  • Current Full Driver’s License

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Level 3 or higher (or recognised equivalent)

Essential skills

  • Good clear communicator

  • Ability to recognise urgent and stressful situations and respond appropriately

  • Ability to converse and understand te reo Māori me ōnā tikanga is advantageous


Personal Attributes

  • Reliable and punctual

  • Committed to Whānau, Hapū and Iwi

  • Empathy and compassion for all people

  • Confidential

  • Professional – taking pride in work and appearance

Physical Attributes – Administration positions

  • Must have a basic level of physical fitness to ensure the client’s personal care, personal development or desired lifestyle is not limited by the physical abilities of the Community Support Worker.

  • Skin condition should allow frequent contact with water, soap/disinfectant/sanitizer, chemicals and latex rubber.

  • Hearing and speech sufficient to communicate with clients and co-workers enabling direct and telephone communication

  • Visual to read accurately, write/record in a legible manner

Pre-Employment Checks

  • Requirement to pass a Police Check to employer satisfaction

  • Requirement to undergo a Vulnerable Children’s safety check

  • May also be required to undergo and pass a CYRAS check to employer satisfaction (this is only applicable where employed to work in “Care Service” unsupervised with children)

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