Kaiwhakamahereroa Waranga / Practitioner– Spring Hill Correctional Facility


  • Full Time
  • Bay of Plenty

Do you want to be part of a ground-breaking new programme which seeks to tackle addiction grounded in the belief that what works for Māori works for all? 

We are currently seeking a full-time permanent Practitioner/Kaiwhakamahereroa Waranga to join the Odyssey team at Spring Hill Correctional Facility delivering two-month therapeutic AOD programmes grounded in Maori and Pasifika approaches. Your role will include the assessment and delivery of individual and group interventions for tāngata whai ora.

Te Ngahere – this name is derived from ‘the forest’ and speaks to the importance of connection. Te Ngahere is an eight-week intensive alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programme built on a strong cultural framework, grounded in the principle that:

When we re-generate through our natural cycles found in pepeha, marae and whānau, there is wellness, restoring mana revealing our true beauty and potential. 

Te Ngahere seeks to address alcohol and drug harm by supporting tāngata whai ora (people seeking wellness) to reveal their intrinsic mana. The programme offers clinical approaches underpinned by Māori and Pasifika concepts of health and wellbeing.

We are seeking applicants who have:

  • A high level of understanding of tikanga Māori and its importance within this setting
  • A relevant degree-level health qualification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), social work or mental health
  • Registration with a professional body or be willing and eligible to be registered
  • Skills in group delivery and individual interventions
  • Skills in delivering AOD services from a Māori and Pasifika framework
  • Excellent clinical judgement and strong clinical boundaries
  • Report writing skills and computer proficiency
  • An understanding of working in a Correction’s based environment 

We can offer you:

  • A competitive salary and benefits
  • Travel assistance allowance
  • Standard Monday to Friday hours (no weekends or evenings)
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Varied work that supports the community
  • A dynamic and supportive team environment, working with people who are passionate about what they do
  • A healthy workplace, which is smoke free.

If you are passionate about working within a cultural framework and delivering AOD treatment which will seek to strengthen whole of self and whānau wellbeing, we invite your application.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please note that Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks will be required for this role. To work in a Corrections environment, applicants will also be required to pass the Ministry of Justice clearance checks

All applicants should include a CV, cover letter and complete the online registration and application forms.  For all enquiries please contact Nicola Mooney on 09 6384957 Ext 727.

Closing date: Friday 27th November

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