Nurses, Social Workers and Support Workers

Te Waka Whaiora Trust

  • Full Time
  • Wellington

Whakamahea Tō Wairua - Kaupapa Māori Forensic Mental Health Community Service

  • Full-time (40 hours per week) permanent role
  • Exciting opportunity in a supportive environment
  • Are you passionate about improving Māori Health outcomes?

About Te Waka Whaiora Trust

Te Waka Whaiora Trust (TWWT) has been delivering an integrated suite of Kaupapa Māori services for over 25 years across the greater Wellington Region. The strength of incorporating Māori health concepts, Māori tikanga and Kaupapa Māori treatment that ‘lived’ Māori practice and values, facilitates a sense of belonging among Tangata Motuhake and serve to help secure who they are as Māori.  Through our whānau -centered model of delivery, our experience in Mental Health and Addiction Services have been delivered in an environment based on Māori cultural values, processes, and beliefs and systems for achieving improvements required to improve Māori wellbeing.  

We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

About The Service

Our Service Whakamahea Tō Wairua (to allay, clear away, dispel, calm one’s spirit) Kaupapa Māori Forensic Community Residential Service is designed to meet the needs of Māori.  Whilst the Service is designed for Māori it will also be accessible for non-Māori who have previously benefitted from a Kaupapa Māori pathway. 

The new recovery-oriented service will provide transitional care for Tangata Motuhake as they begin their integration journey from hospital setting back into their community, culture and whānau. It will combine Kaupapa Māori cultural concepts and pathways to health for Tangata Motuhake and expertise in community residential rehabilitation in a safe and secure home-like accommodation. 

Tangata Motuhake living in the new community-based service will gain skills and functional independence through structure, supervision and holistic assistance.

We are looking for:

The individual/s we are seeking will have knowledge of tikanga Māori to join our team of health professionals providing Hauora Māori interventions to Māori who enter the Mental Health and Addictions services. Depending on your role, you may be required to complete cultural assessments, provide support and involve Māori and whānau in decision making, hospital treatment and discharge planning to achieve the best possible health outcomes.  We are looking for Nēhi Kaupapa Māori Registered Nurse, Social Worker and/or Community Support Workers with:

  • Relevant health care degree level qualification 
  • Current NZ professional practicing registration as a Registered Nurse or Social Worker
  • Cultural competencies 
  • Experience working in the Mental Health and/or Addictions or Disability sector
  • Clinical assessment skills
  • 3+ years of experience - Experienced in risk assessment
  • Excellent verbal, computer and written communication skills, with a commitment to te reo me ona tikanga.
  • Driven to apply Te Aō Māori views, concepts, knowledge, and practices in your work
  • Demonstrates, exudes, and embeds behaviours consistent with Manaakitanga values.

In the role you will be expected to have an understanding of Tikanga Whakaaro (cultural assessment), Maioha Hou (Treatment Plan and review) whilst enhancing the wellbeing of whānau, Iwi through Tikanga Māori and restoring balance of Hauora Māori.

You will bring an understanding and an active approach to the use of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga and Whakawhanaungatanga, as well as passion for working alongside teams, Tangata Motuhake and their whānau within this specialist mental health service.

You will have excellent organisational skills and have the confidence to build successful working relationships with those around you, the ability to work independently or within a multidisciplinary team environment. You will be competent with Te Reo, have a relationship within the Māori community and a clean driver’s license.

The Location

The Service is located in Porirua City within proximity to Kenepuru Hospital campus and near public transport.

Register your interest to join our team as we work to create a future for our Tangata Motuhake.

Apply now, ensuring you highlight how your skills meet the roles requirements via your CV and cover letter to 



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