Manager Kaupapa Māori Practice

Department of Corrections

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Vacancy Number:  APA/1494867
Closing Date: 29th November 2020
Location: Wellington

Recruitment Contact: -

  • Leadership opportunity
  • Full time permanent, Wellington based with some national travel required
  • Salary range: $128,844 - $181,897

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi' – ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

About Us | Mātou

We are recognised as an international leader in the field of rehabilitation and are committed to providing high quality therapeutic programmes to the people in our care. Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction, clearly outlines the importance of good mental and physical health to achieving positive outcomes of reducing reoffending.  To do this we are investing, elevating and supporting an exciting unit focusing on delivering better Māori based approaches across Psychology and Programmes – called Kaupapa Māori Practice.

Mō te tūnga - About the role

The Manager Kaupapa Māori provides advice and guidance across Psychology & Programmes teams to elevate Māori based approaches and methodologies to rehabilitation programmes and practice.

This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Ara Poutama Aotearoa's rehabilitation programmes by applying your expertise and Te Ao Māori methodologies and frameworks to support the design and implementation of robust practice and training.  

Your proven leadership will be critical to inspire, empower and drive the initiatives through your Senior Advisers Kaupapa Maori to develop the cultural capability for frontline staff to deliver ‘best for programme' success across the organisation.  

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who can evidence the following skills and expertise:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge of frameworks from Te Ao Maori and western theories and “what works” in the assessment of and interventions with people who have offended. 
  • Ability to operate effectively in a Māori cultural setting and display core skills (working knowledge of Te Reo, Tikanga and a foundational knowledge of the practical application of the Articles of the Treaty of Waitangi).
  • Appreciates the complexities and whole of government issues related to succeeding with Māori offenders.
  • Ability to navigate both Kaupapa Māori and western frameworks, and the research & analysis skills to develop solutions that are fit for purpose within two worldviews.
  • Strong knowledge of effective therapeutic interventions and programmes.
  • Knowledge of research and indigenous methodologies relevant to this field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to influence at all levels.
  • Demonstrable analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Sound facilitation, presentation and delivery skills.
  • Ability to manaaki, mentor and guide other staff


  • A tertiary qualification in Social Sciences, Psychology or a relevant subject would be an advantage
  • Full clean New Zealand drivers' licence

In return you will be part of a passionate team who are focused on delivering leading edge change that make a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders. Our work programme is dynamic and offers the opportunity to be involved in many parts of the organisation. You will thrive in our unique environment where no two days are the same!

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values.

Application's close 9pm on Sunday 29th November 2020.  Interviews will take place at our Wellington National Office

Apply now


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