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Kaitūruki - Whānau Ora

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Permanent

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. 

Toiora Whānau has a range of health and social supports available to whānau. All our services are voluntary and embraces a Whānau Ora approach that sees whānau in the driver’s seat and leading the way towards positive outcomes for their whānau. Our team walk alongside whānau to navigate pathways in areas such as health, education, housing, employment, improved standards of living and cultural connections.

Toiora Whānau also offer a range of rangatahi, pahake and kaumatua activities/programmes; adding to whānau kete through positive experiences, transferrable life skills, connection to Te Ao Māori, embracing and working with whānau towards reaching their full potential.

About the role

The role of Kaitūruki - Whānau Ora primarily focuses on the strengths and capability of the whānau, growing connections, supporting the development of leadership and enhancing best outcomes for whānau. You will have a strong focus and drive in the prevention of long-term conditions and supporting whānau to lead healthy lifestyles.

About you

We are looking for someone with a lot of energy, can work unsupervised with a diverse range of people, and have creativity and innovation in how to support whānau to achieve their dreams and aspirations. You will be committed to providing the best possible care, work well with others, and have an understanding of Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga.


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

  • Fully completed TOT Application form.

Who You Are

Experience & Qualifications - preferred not required

  • Health or Social Work qualification (Level 6 or higher) or other relevant field

  • At least 2+ years’ experience in role working closely with whānau groups


Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Planning and implementation skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders

  • Sound judgement and analysis capable of modifying practice to achieve results and targets

  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to coordinate activities

  • Excellent written, literacy, numeracy and IT skills

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

  • Commitment to whānau, hapū and iwi

  • An understanding of Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga

  • Strong integrity and professionalism

  • Excellent time management

  • Ability to work autonomously and is driven to achieve results

  • Ability to build and maintain credible relationships internally and externally

  • A friendly “Can Do” attitude


Physical Attributes – Administration/Management

  • Occasional lifting up to 10 kg.

  • 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.


Other Requirements of this Position

  • Non-smoker/Non-vaper – or a full commitment to remain smoke/vape-free during the hours of work

  • Current clean, full NZ driver licence

  • Must be able to pass Te Oranganui’s background, vetting and child protection checks

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

  • Zero tolerance toward family violence

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