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Pou Tuhono – Christchurch Women’s Prison

Pou Tuhono – Christchurch Women’s Prison

Pou Tuhono – Christchurch Women’s Prison

Department of Corrections

Closing Date : 08 Jun 2020

Vacancy Number: APA/1453462
Closing Date: 11:30pm, 8th June 2020
Location: Christchurch 

Recruitment Contact: -

About the Job

  • Change Lives Shape Futures
  • Working with Women
  • Help us lead the world in the well being for the people in our care

About the role | Mō te tūnga

As part of the Department of Corrections Women's Strategy, Wahine – E rere ana ki te pae hou (women rising above a new horizon), we are focused on providing a distinct approach for women. The key priorities are:

  • Providing women with interventions and services that meet their unique risks and needs
  • Managing women in ways that are trauma informed and empowering 
  • Managing women in a way that reflects the importance of relationships to women

Part of the strategy includes developing a dedicated cultural pathway for women, including in some of the prisons dedicated units. The role is to support the goals of women in prison in relation to reconnecting with their culture and their whanau, thus enhancing their connections in society on release. A key focus of the role is reintegration so wahine have support on their release. 

The salary for this role is $61,931 - $75,541 and is part of a Collective Agreement. Please note the job closes on Monday 8th June 2020.

About you | Mōu

To be effective in this position you will present with:

  • Ability to use Maori principles, values or conceptual frameworks when working with people in prison and their whanau
  • Proven ability and experience in using tikanga Maori and practices such as karakia, powhiri, karanga, mihimihi, kapa haka, tangihanga and koha
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build effective relationships with local and other iwi
  • Can operate effectively in a Maori cultural setting
  • Effective communication skills, including being able to communicate with a wide range of people in a variety of settings
  • Effective written skills, including the ability to write clear and concise whanau plans for a variety of audiences
  • Displays understanding of professional standards (confidentiality, informed consent, maintaining boundaries, etc.)

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

Our Values

Rangatira – Leadership, Manaaki – Respect, Wairua- Spirituality,

Kaitiaki - Guardianship, Whānau – Relationships

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit  or email our team at

** Notice about COVID-19 **

We are part of the group of essential organisations that provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.

Applications close 8th June 2020

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