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Tapuhi- He Puna Ora

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Fixed term 

About the role

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 (Mental Health and Addiction Services) has an exciting opportunity for someone who is enthusiastic about working in a kaupapa Māori holistic approach to wellbeing. He Puna Ora is a pregnancy and parenting service using a variety of kaupapa Māori approaches for engagement, therapy and connections grounded in our own mātauranga and pūrakau.  

The purpose of this service is to provide an intensive outreach coordination service for hapū māmā and whānau of tamariki up to 3 years of age who are experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs and are poorly connected to health and social services. 

About the role:

You will provide an intensive outreach coordination service for hapu māmā and whānau of tamariki up to 3 years of age who are experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs and are poorly connected to health & social services. 

About you:

Your communication must be effective with all people in all settings. Other requirements are to have a NZ Practicing Certificate, be computer literate, and have a full driver’s license, as some of the work may be across the rohe.

Other requirements:

  • Current clean, full NZ driver license

  • Must be able to pass a background police check process

  • New Zealand citizenship, permanent resident status, or a NZ work permit

  • Must agree to and be able to pass a drug test

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


  • A clinical qualification at degree level (i.e. Registered Nurse or Registered Social Worker or other)

  • An AOD qualification at a degree level or be working towards an AOD qualification

  • Professional registration or working towards registration (DAPAANZ, SWRB etc)

  • Skills and experience in working with whānau and or in developing and facilitating wānanga

Expertise in Mātauranga Māori and relevant Tertiary Qualification or working towards and:

  • "Go Getter" attitude

  • Creativity

  • A great sense of humour

  • Honest, reliable, respectful

  • Will always "Walk the Talk"

  • Computer literate.


Specific Responsibilities

  • ​Assertive outreach assessment, risk assessment and management

  • Establishing and maintaining authentic relationships

  • The ability to contribute to new ideas, innovation and change



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

  • Ability to work positively under pressure and continuously re-prioritise workload while maintaining a high level of accuracy

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an attention to detail

  • Is reliable, friendly, approachable and resilient

  • Passionate about delivering high quality services for whānau

  • Flexible, adaptable and resilient

  • Ability to build and maintain credible relationships internally and externally

  • Ability to work unsupervised and make sound decisions

  • Ability to persevere with a task, and to display the required energy to achieve the objectives despite obstacles

  • Ability to write professional reports and correspondence

  • High level of professionalism

  • Is proactive, resourceful and efficient and accurate with detail


Physical attribute - community based

  • A medium degree of physically capacity is required as the work involves standing, walking, sitting, stretching, twisting bending and lifting/moving weights up to and above 15 kilograms frequently.

  • Ability to move about and undertake necessary duties (sometimes in restricted spaces) both in an office environment and out in the community

  • Visual ability sufficient to drive a motor vehicle, read accurately, write/record in a legible manner

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

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