Pouako Hapori - Community Educator, Services to Māori

Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley (CLWHV) is a registered charity, providing free legal advice and information for those in our community with unmet legal needs. Our vision is for a society where everyone has access to justice.

Pou Whirinaki is our Services to Māori team. Our service aims to embody tikanga Māori values and solutions when we assist clients. We see legal needs in the context of an individual or community’s personal, social, spiritual, and cultural needs, and so our solutions need to contribute positively to not just the individual, but their whanau, hapu, iwi, and community.

We are currently recruiting for 2 new kaimahi – a Pouako Hapori (Community Educator), and a Roia Hapori (Community Lawyer). 

The primary focus of this work is coordinating and delivering community education sessions to local Māori. This includes places like marae, kaupapa Māori community organisations and services, hapu and iwi, kohanga reo and kura kaupapa, youth groups, and high schools. We provide education on topics such as employment law, renting and flatting, Māori land, trouble with the Police, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and debt & money. To see some of the modules we work on with rangatahi, check out this link:

Pou Whirinaki works collaboratively, and will often tautoko one another’s mahi, so advocacy and community development are also in your job description. You will join an existing team of a lawyer and a community advocate, as well as an existing Pouako Hapori who is on parental leave. 

To do this job, you need:

  • To be passionate about te iwi Māori
  • To have a strong people-focused values system
  • To have a basic understanding of the current social climate of issues affecting Māori as a people.

The following skills are not at all essential, however we are also interested in hearing from people with:

  • Experience in kaupapa Māori organisations, teams, ropu, or other settings
  • Experience in community organisations or social services
  • Experience running hui or workshops, or delivering presentations
  • Legal knowledge in areas such as employment, tenancy, or family law
  • te reo Māori me ona tikanga.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested to apply for this role. By far the most important thing we are looking for in an applicant is their ngakau aroha for the kaupapa. Everything else can be learned on the job, and we are very keen to support and develop kaimahi who are passionate about our people. Experience in this type of mahi is not necessary. If you have any questions at all before applying, please reach out.

Our organisation strives to operate biculturally and has a model based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We provide a busy but flexible and supportive working environment out of our two offices, one in Lower Hutt and one in Wellington city. We aim to be leaders in workers’ rights for our employees, and you would be working alongside an awesome bunch of colleagues from diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to Ella Cartwright at ella@wclc.org.nz by 5.30pm, Wednesday 16 December. We will be scheduling interviews for early-mid January.

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