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Kaitūruki Pūnaha- Systems Innovator

Location: Whanganui

Employment Type: Fixed term 

About us

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 Whānau is a social innovation hub focusing on prevention and systems level change. Initiatives within Waiora Whānau include Healthy Families Whanganui, Rangitīkei, Ruapehu, South Taranaki, and Rangatahi Innovation. Waiora whānau have a number of social innovators who work with the community on various kaupapa such as healthy families, rangatahi innovation, AOD service delivery and smoking cessation programmes to name a few.

About the role:

The Kaitūruki Pūnaha (Systems Innovator) role understands our local systems and structures with confidence and ease, identifying and acting on opportunities to improve health with scale and impact. The Kaitūruki Pūnaha (Systems Innovator) does not deliver services but creates opportunities and initiatives through insights and community connections.

About you:

This individual has high energy, creativeness and the skills to help communities design, and lead out their health solutions. If you are a bright, innovative thinker with a passion for co-design and community development, this could be the role for you.

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

Qualifications and experience

  • Tertiary level qualification (Level 7 Bachelor or higher) in fields related to health, public health, business, education or similar would be desirable


  • A minimum of five (5) years in a similar role

  • Demonstrated experience in social innovation, community led development or related fields


Personal attributes

​The Waiora Whānau team are innovative and creative, and must exhibit the following mindsets and qualities:

  • People-focused: Empathetic and supportive, act with integrity in all that you do. A personal commitment to social change and collaborates in positive and meaningful ways.

  • Action-oriented: Curious, proactive and takes initiative; seizes opportunities and acts upon them; resourceful and learns by doing; takes responsibilities for own actions.

  • Adaptive: Flexible and agile; open to new ideas; accepts changed priorities without undue discomfort; has an experimental mindset and recognises the merits of different options and acts accordingly.

  • Open and Courageous: Seek diverse perspectives and value difference, comfortable in ambiguity, possess a growth mindset and courageous in actions.

  • Reflective and Strategic: Can see the bigger picture through a bird’s eye view and is able to respond in a strategic manner, critically reflective and can adapt activities to suit.

  • Cultural responsiveness: Aware of the important place of indigenous leadership, strengthening relationships with mana whenua, and working within a bicultural context. Understands Māori, Pasifika and other community health priorities and needs; is comfortable working with diverse communities and knows when to seek support.


Physical attribute - Administration/Management

  • Occasional lifting up to 10kg

  • 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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