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Kaiāwhina - Tamariki 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. 

Te Puawai Whānau service is underpinned by a Whānau Ora approach that places children and their whānau at the centre of all that we do. Our aim is to enhance the parenting journey for all whānau with a commitment to value our relationship and connections; supporting whānau aspirations.

About the role:

​The role of Kaiāwhina is primarily accountable for working with whānau and the wider communities to plan implement and evaluate public health promotion activities while working in partnership with kōhanga reo.


The Kaiāwhina will work within the Tamariki Ora service delivery team to improve the health status of Tamariki (0-5 years), ensuring a high-quality service is provided across the Whanganui rohe. 

About you:

You will be compassionate, comfortable working within a Kaupapa Māori organisation and have a good understanding of a culturally appropriate service delivery.  You will have strong professional ethics and a holistic approach that is patient and whānau centred.   Being flexible, adaptable and a critical thinker will be additional strengths to working with pēpī/tamariki and their whānau.   

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

If this sounds like you please apply now!

Who You Are


  • Hold or be willing to complete the Well Child Hearing & Vision training within the first 12 months

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoys working in health care

  • Commitment to Whānau, Hapū and Iwi

  • A friendly “Can Do” attitude

  • Ability to converse and understand Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga

  • Excellent written, literacy, numeracy and IT skills

  • Ability to work positively under pressure 

  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate activities

  • Ability and willingness to work positively as a member of a team

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

Physical Attributes

  • Hearing and speech sufficient to communicate clearly with patients and co-workers, monitor patient status and equipment.

  • Must be physically fit as the work is physically demanding, involving standing, walking, sitting, stretching, frequently. (Stature extremes may increase hazard of shared activities)

  • Ability to wear face masks and rubber gloves for protection against infectious disease.

  • Visual to read accurately, write/record in a legible manner and operate equipment, safely administer medications, monitor equipment and patient status enabling accurate performance of essential job duties

Other requirements of this position

  • Current clean, full NZ driver license

  • Must be able to pass Te Oranganui’s worker safety checks

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

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