Cultural Consultant

Department of Corrections

  • Auckland

Vacancy Number:  APA/1480235

Closing Date: 5:00pm, 27th September 2020
Location: Auckland 

Recruitment Contact: -

About the Job

  • Training and mentoring
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Working with unit staff to support tāne to make positive change

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Te Piriti is a Special Treatment Unit which delivers high quality psychological services to tāne in our care who have harmed children through sexual offending. Te Piriti has been successful in terms of reducing recidivism, and integrating tikanga Māori principles using a group-oriented, cognitive-behavioural treatment approach. The primary function of the Cultural Consultant role is to support tāne in our care and their whānau by embedding cultural protocols and initiatives within the Community of Change environment, and providing advice to staff and stakeholders, which assists them to work effectively.

The salary band for this vacancy is $77,346 - $90,995 and this job closes on Sunday 27th September 2020. 

Mōu | About you 

You will support the implementation of the Ara Poutama Aotearoa's Hōkai Rangi – Hōkai Nuku strategy by Develop and embed Māori cultural knowledge, protocols,  and healing processes within the unit and apply the values of rangatira, wairua, manaaki, kaitiaki and whānau. Building strong positive relationships with tāne in our care is fundamental and we would expect you to support early and continuous whānau involvement in the rehabilitation and reintegration of our tāne to strengthen their sense of identity and belonging. You will also participate in and/or lead special projects pertaining to the development of services to Māori and liaise with and advise on issues pertaining to the treatment of Māori tāne, in general.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

  • Experience/training in counselling, social work, or other social service related field.
  • Familiar with and has coaching skills in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori
  • Has a sound knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how it applies to treatment.
  • Knowledge of Tikanga Māori
  • Able to relate well to Iwi and the wider Māori community
  • Active involvement in the Māori community
  • Open to different views and perspectives on Māori issues.
  • Sensitivity to other's backgrounds
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyse and operationalise policy
  • Adapts approach to situation to achieve outcomes
  • Anticipates obstacles and resistance and takes steps to counteract
  • Good time management and workload management skills including an ability to meet deadlines and to work under pressure
  • Commitment to, and awareness of, the cultural issues associated with service delivery in the public sector

Mō mātou | About us

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 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.  

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 

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