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Kaitūruki - Alcohol & other drugs Facilitator (Whakahaumanu Mana Tāne)

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Fixed term

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:

The role of Kaitūruki (AOD Facilitator) is to support the kaupapa Māori drug treatment programme (DTP) based in the Te Tirohanga Whare of the Whanganui Prison, focused on helping participants make positive changes in their lives. This role is ideally suited for an AOD qualification based practitioner and/or social worker who is able to be an innovative facilitator, being able to provide assessment, AOD based counselling and also group facilitation within a prison environment. You will be working with an established dynamic team that are innovative and practices AOD recovery from a strong Kaupapa Māori foundation.


About you:

The ideal applicant will have:

  • previous experience working in the AOD sector, with groups and one on one,

  • previous experience working in a corrections environment and/or having lived experience is bonus. 

  • a clinical qaulification and a relevant practising certificate.

  • ability to work within a kaupapa Māori framework

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

Essential Experience & Qualifications 

  • A clinical qualification and a relevant practising certificate that meets requirements under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003; 

  • Skills and experience working within the AoD sector with groups and one-to-one; 

  • Sound understanding of the legislative framework, standards and best practice methodology within the AoD and Corrections sector; 

  • Tirohanga; 

  • Ability to promote and effectively lead karakia, mihi, pepeha, waiata for the programme.


Strongly Desired 

  • Have or be working towards an AoD qualification and be a full member of dapaanz or NZAC or working towards full membership; 

  • If not must commit the working towards an AoD qualification and having full membership

Skills and Attributes 

  • Non-Smoker or full commitment to remain smoke-free during the hours of work (including breaks) 

  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills 

  • Open to different perspectives of tangata whai ora 

  • Believe in and can implement the recovery and wellness approach 

  • Well organised and can prioritise 

  • Able to maintain confidentiality 

  • Creative and innovative within restricted resources 

Other requirements of this position: 

  • Current, clean, NZ full driver's license

  • Must be able to pass both Te Oranganui's background check process in addition to Department of Corrections/MOJ security checks 

Physical Attributes 
Under the Human Rights Act 1993 discrimination based on disability is unlawful. Te Oranganui will make all 
reasonable efforts to provide a safe and healthy work place for all including persons with disability. 

  • Must be able to function in rapidly changing and demanding conditions when required 

  • A high degree of mental concentration is required 

  • Ability to move about and undertake necessary duties in a prison environment 

  • The appointee must not have a health condition that will put self or others at risk

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