Pou Ārahi // Māori Health & Wellbeing Advisor

The Salvation Army

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Auckland
  • Build capability in Te Ao Māori within The Salvation Army’s Auckland services 
  • Newly created role; opportunity for you to shape it 
  • Work across three services (Mt Eden, Mt Wellington and Epsom) 

The Salvation Army’s Addiction, Supportive Accommodation and Reintegration Services (ASARS) works with tāngata experiencing issues in their lives which cause them to be marginalised from society, including tāngata experiencing addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, tāngata who are homeless or in need of emergency accommodation, and tāngata being reintegrated into society after release from prison. 

ASARS is committed to embedding a Māori responsiveness and engagement strategy across all of its services, and has created this new position to work across their services in Auckland. 

The Pou Ārahi will provide strategic and operational cultural leadership, tikanga Māori support and advice to the Auckland Bridge, Oasis and Epsom Lodge. 

You will develop strong relationships with iwi/hapū/Māori organisations and strong consultative connections with ASARS leaders and staff, and Māori Ministry leaders. 

You will lead the implementation of Te Ōhākī (the Māori Ministry Strategic Plan) and ensure it’s relevant for each centre. This includes the implementation of the national competency framework to support centre leadership in building a culturally competent and responsive workforce across all centres and locations. 

The Pou Ārahi will also support centre leadership to implement Tiriti-based policies and to develop centre programmes, procedures and practices, focussed on the wellbeing and flourishing of tāngata whenua. 

You will split your time each week between the Bridge (Mt Eden/Manukau/Waitākere), Oasis (Mt Wellington) and Epsom Lodge (Epsom). 

The Pou Ārahi is line managed by the Director of Epsom Lodge, with a dotted reporting line to the Pou Ārahi Kai Takawaenga // ASARS National Cultural Advisor. 

Person Profile: 

  • Proficiency in te reo rangatira me ōna tikanga 
  • Strong understanding and experience of Te Ao Māori, tikanga and mātauranga Māori 
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, in both Te Reo Māori and English 
  • Practices whakawhanaungatanga and has good interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, with a strong understanding of the bicultural relationship between Māori and the Crown, between tāngata whenua and tāngata Tiriti, while working well in a diverse, multicultural environment 
  • Ability to teach/facilitate Māori cultural competency training/mentoring 
  • The ability to problem solve, use initiative and display sound judgement 
  • Proactive, with good personal management skills to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines 
  • A commitment to the mission and values of The Salvation Army 
  • A full driver’s licence and your own vehicle (you will be reimbursed for work-related travel)
  • Experience working within a large non-government/community organisation focussed on recovery, health and wellbeing would be advantageous 

You can view a copy of Te Ōhākī here: https://maori.salvationarmy.org.nz/our-strategic-plan

Applications close: 5.00pm Sunday 19 September 2021 

Applications to: Kirsty McLaren via mclaren.co.nz 

Position description: Attached below

P: 04 499 1069 W: mclaren.co.nz


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