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Kaitātaki - Whakahaumanu Mana Tāne/Team Lead - Drug Treatment Program

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 Tāne

About the role:

The role will provide leadership, mentoring, coaching and support to the Drug Treatment Team (DTP) within the prison, to ensure programme deliverables are met, the team are working harmoniously and our relationship with other key stakeholders i.e. corrections, Te Rapu Ora are maintained.


About you:

The ideal applicant will have:​​

  • Previous experience in leading, managing & supervising a team.

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

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent reporting skills


Ideal but not essential:

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

  • DAPANZ Registration

  • Previous experience working within the AoD sector - With groups and one-to-one

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:

  • Experience with working in mental health and/or addiction services.

  • Clinical practitioner competent in conducting comprehensive assessments, ideal but not essential.

  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience

  • Strong IT Skills (Microsoft 365 Suite)

Key responsibilities:

  • Influence leadership in the reinstatement of Matauranga Māori

  • Understand and use information/data to undertake analysis to inform critical decision making

  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills

  • Believe in and can implement the recovery and wellness approach.

  • Well organised and can prioritise


Specific responsibilities: 

  • Establishing and maintaining authentic relationships

  • Lead, coach and grow staff capability

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

  • Evaluation monitoring and reporting

Competencies: ​​

  • 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 

  • 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

Other requirements of this position: ​​​

•    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 screening test

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