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Kaioranga Hauora (Cultural Worker)

Kaioranga Hauora (Cultural Worker)

Te Oranga Tonu Tanga, Southern DHB secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin


  • Full-time 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) permanent role
  • Exciting opportunity in a supportive environment
  • Are you passionate about improving Maori Health outcomes?


The Kaupapa Maori Mental Health service provide support to patients who are experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. Te Oranga Tonu Tanga is based in Dunedin works alongside clinical teams to provide mental health and cultural support to consumers.


Te Oranga Tonu Tanga service comprises of Registered Nurses, Kaioranga Hauora Māori / Cultural Workers and Kaumatua who provides cultural expertise to support tangata whaiora and whānau who experience moderate to severe mental illness.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

As a Kaioranga you will work towards improving the health status of Māori and reduce health inequalities by providing a tikaķa best practice holistic nursing service.  The Kaioranga will provide interventions which are recovery focused, safe, culturally and clinically appropriate within SDHB Maori Health Services and SDHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services. The Kaioranga will work from a Kaupapa Maori philosophic frame work, promoting wellness and recovery, working alongside whanau in collaboration with clinical services to ensure that services meet their needs.

Kaioranga Hauora Māori will provide cultural assessment / action plan and interventions which will be developed in partnership with tangata whaiora and their whanau that is recovery focused and promotes good health and wellness. The Kaioranga Hauora Māori will work in partnership with other Te Oranga Tonu Tanga team members and other Southern DHB MHAID staff.


Mōu ake | About you

We are looking for a passionate motivated person who has a passion for and knowledge of Māori Health and mental health. You must have the ability to work collaboratively with teams in Otago and work alongside Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services to ensure cultural aspects are recognised, acknowledged and incorporated into all assessments and interventions.


In this 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 Whanau, Iwi through Tikanga Maori and restoring balance of Hauora Maori.


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


You will have excellent organisational, communication and computer skills. You will 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 individual we are seeking with have knowledge of tikanga Māori to join our team of health professionals who provide Hauora Maori interventions to Māori who enter into Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability services.  You will be required to complete cultural assessments, provide support and involve Māori and whanau in decision making, hospital treatment and discharge planning to achieve the best possible health outcomes.


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Mō mātou | About us


Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. 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.


Utu whānui | Salary range

This role belongs to the Allied, Public Health, Scientific & Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between step 1 ($59,035 p.a) and Step 4 ($73,037 p.a) pro rata.


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  Sunday 16th October 2022

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

For further information please contact James Boyd, Recruitment Advisor, all conversations will be confidential in nature

If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • COVID-19 vaccination

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