Pou Ārahi - Te Mana Wāhine Pathway

Ara Poutama / Department of Corrections

  • Fixed Term
  • Canterbury

Vacancy Number
: APA/1565759
Closing Date: 3rd October 2021
Location: Canterbury (Waitaha)

Recruitment Contact: - careers@corrections.govt.nz

About the Job

  • Fixed Term for 18 months until Feb 2023
  • Ōtautahi Christchurch location
  • Help shape te Mana Wāhine pathway under Māori Pathways

Tono Mai! We welcome you to bring your passion and commitment to Ara Poutama Aotearoa and our work on the Te Mana Wāhine Pathway in Ōtautahi Christchurch. This pathway aims to create a seamless, end-to-end kaupapa Māori experience for wāhine in our care and their whānau. We are putting together a prototyping team across different areas to inform and develop changes in the way we work that has the potential to transform lives.

About Māori Pathways

Māori Pathways – Christchurch Women's Te Mana Wahine is one of three key trial areas for the four year programme which has been co-designed with whānau, iwi, hapū Māori; external organisations and individuals independent of Ara Poutama Aotearoa.  These roles represent a unique opportunity which will see you making differences in the lives of the wahine you will work with, as well as their whānau. 

‘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.'   

Do you want to be part of creating kaupapa Māori pathways for wāhine and their whānau that results in transformational change? Do you care about reducing the number of women in Ara Poutama Aotearoa? 

We want to hear from anyone who wants to support the implementation of Te Mana Wāhine pathway while applying kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred approaches within a Corrections setting. We want skilled people who will make a difference and explore how we can work better with wāhine Māori and their whānau.

Watch this video to learn more about the recruitment process and Te Mana Wāhine pathway: https://youtu.be/hK5tanXWCRg

About the role | Mō te tūnga

The Pou Ārahi will focus on embedding te ao Māori values, encouraging the use of te reo Māori me ona tikanga, strengthening identity and whakapapa, supporting whānau connections for wāhine, and facilitating conditions for whānau oranga to occur.  

The Pou Ārahi will provide cultural guidance from a Te Ao Māori lens, facilitate and participate in whānau hui, coordinate and facilitate wānanga, support Te Pae Oranga/restorative practices, and connect professionals and Whānau Ora providers with wāhine.

This role will work across custodial and community spaces, with the capacity to evolve into specialised areas as the pathway develops:

  • Custodial - based at Christchurch Women's Prison, we are seeking staff with that X-factor that will focus on wāhine and whānau-centred practices. You will encourage, motivate, lead and advocate wahine participation in kaupapa Māori activities, wānanga and opportunities that enhances their kaupapa Māori Pathway experience everyday life in the Pounamu unit and across the whole site.
  • Community Corrections – Working with Community Corrections to support and implement tikanga Māori practices and provide cultural support to wāhine, whānau and staff. You will coordinate and facilitate wānanga, lead hui and encourage the implementation of cultural responses and advice within the community space.
  • Reintegration – As a key connector for Te Mana Wāhine pathway, you will support wāhine reintegration into their communities with wrap around support for wāhine and their whānau as identified in their Whare o Hine plans. Key to this role is your ability to network and connect with kaupapa Māori service providers and support wāhine and whānau to fulfil their aspirations and goals in their planning.

This position is 40 hours per week, however it there is flexibility around how the hours are managed to meet the needs of the role. It is envisaged that this role would be based in Ōtautahi, however, for the right applicant there might be some flexibility on location.

The salary bracket for this position is $63,479 - $77,430.

About you | Mōu

To be successful in this role you will need to be someone who has some, or all, of the following.

You will:

  • Bring a Te Ao Māori lens to your practice and approach
  • Build meaningful and genuine relationships with people
  • Demonstrate our values in your interactions with wāhine, whānau and staff
  • Socialise and advocate a kaupapa Māori approach in your role
  • Support the development of Whare o Hine plans that are wahine and whānau-centred
  • Lead out on culturally responsive ways of working with wāhine and their whānau
  • Identify opportunities to enhance whānau and whakapapa connections
  • Support the goals of reducing re-offending and understanding of the issues that wāhine and their whānau face when they reintegrate into communities 
  • Have experience coordinating, supporting and facilitating hui with whānau and professionals
  • Have the ability to evaluate and respond to issues involving complex or competing ethical concerns 
  • Be able to network and build effective relationships with iwi, hapū, mana whenua, and other organisations that support wāhine and their whānau
  • Have the skills to act assertively, decisively and confidently when required, but equally can seek advice
  • Display an understanding of professional standards (confidentiality, informed consent, maintaining boundaries, professional detachment, etc.)

A demonstrated understanding of tikanga and knowledge of te reo Māori would be an advantage. This role is well suited to people who can confidently advocate for change, are self-motivated, energetic and thrive in a very fast-paced and changing environment. If this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

The close date for this vacancy is Sunday 3rd October 2021.

If you would like to discuss these roles further, contact a pathway recruitment panel member listed at the end of this advert.

Being a Pou Ārahi is an incredibly exciting opportunity to make a real difference in your community. You don't need to be an existing kaupapa Māori practitioner to apply for this role, if you have similar skills or are strong in kaupapa Māori practices then we want to hear from you. To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF). We will be interested in your motivation for wanting to join the kaupapa, highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa and values is critical to our success – as part of the process, we will be interested in your work and life skills.

We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

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