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Gambling Harm Practitioner/Counsellor (Waiora Hinengaro)

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Permanent

About the organisation

Based in beautiful Whanganui Te Oranganui is a kaupapa Māori organisation who offers a range of health and wellbeing services for whānau in the Whanganui region and surrounding districts. 

Waiora Hinengaro provide mental health & addiction services to support tāngata whai ora in their journey back to health and wellbeing, which is also underpinned in the belief that people can find their own strengths to live the life the way they want, utilising whānau as key contributors.

Waiora Hinengaro have a number of support services that support a full spectrum of tāngata whai ora such as:

  • Rangatahi / Tamariki

  • Te Whare Mahana

  • Whakahaumanu Mana Tane

About the role:

This kaupapa Māori specific Gambling harm prevention service will contribute towards building a strong system that supports wellbeing and responds to the needs of tangata whaiora and their whānau. The service will provide a range of interventions delivered from a matauranga māori approach, to those who are experiencing Gambling harm and those affected by someone else's gambling. You will carry a case load as well as work collectively with the wider He Puna Ora and Korowaitia team.

About you:

The ideal person for this position must be innovative, creative, and have sound knowledge and experienced in mātauranga Māori. Facilitation skills are ideal as you will be working one-on-one with whānau, as well as facilitating wānanga. You will have a registration with a professional body covered by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 Act or Social Workers Registration Act 2019

We offer a warm whānau focused work environment with a wide variety of benefits, such as:

  • Kaupapa Māori organisation

    • Regular Kapa haka and waiata

    • All staff Karakia & Mihi every morning

  • SuperLife Funeral Insurance

  • EAP & Supervision

  • Workplace wellness programme

    • Whānau events and activities

    • Diverse work environment

  • Workplace development

  • Applicants for this position must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit


Please include:

  • Covering letter

  • Up to date CV

Who You Are

Experience & Qualifications 

  • Registration with a professional body covered by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 Act or Social Workers Registration Act 2019

  • Current Annual Practicing Certificate

  • Extensive experience in a similar role

Essential skills 

  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision to strict deadlines and competing priorities

  • Proficiency in Te Reo Māori and embodying tikanga Māori in all aspects of work

  • Is reliable, friendly, approachable and resilient

  • Report writing skills

  • Demonstrated organisational and planning ability for the successful completion of work

  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills in order to understand, interpret and administer the needs of the organisation

  • Strong computing skills including the Microsoft Office suite, client management systems, canva

  • Accuracy and attention to detail


Personal attributes

  • Proactive, co-operative, and strive to achieve the best outcome for your team

  • Enthusiastic and eager to assist where necessary

  • Commitment to whānau, hapu and lwi

Physical Attributes

  • Occasional lifting up to 10 kg

  • Must be able to work in an office environment

  • Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks

  • Sitting for extended periods of time

  • Hearing and speech sufficient to communicate with others enabling direct and telephone communication

  • Visual ability sufficient to read accurately, write/record in a legible manner and perform normal duties of this position

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