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Counsellor and Health Promoter - Mapu Maia

Do you have a passion and commitment with working with Pacific communities? Do you have experience in social work or mental health and addictions and want to create a positive impact for individuals and families?

Then this opportunity will be for you. We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Counsellor and Health Promoter to join our Mapu Maia team in Wellington.

About us:

Mapu Maia was established in 2009 to provide a Pacific counselling and public health service in the area of problem gambling.

Since its set up in 2009, Mapu Maia’s services have evolved and expanded to include public health and health promotion, counselling in co-existing issues and other addictions, community advocacy, and psychoeducation and psychosocial programmes on mental health and addictive behaviours delivered in prisons, community settings and within external community providers.

Our work is informed by culturally safe clinical practice and significant Pasifika health promotion experience. Our team consists of individuals with trauma informed and grief counselling experience, mental health, and addiction backgrounds with strong cultural and spiritual implementation skills.

About the role:

The successful candidate will provide a holistic service to assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. In addition, you will be working alongside community groups, social services, and government agencies to build collaborative relationships.

This role is for 40 hours per week and will be based in Wellington.

About you:

We are looking for a dedicated person who has a counselling or social work qualification from a NZ recognised tertiary institution and can effectively engage with the Pacific community. Experience in working with Pacific communities is vital for this role and fluency in a Pacific Island language is desired. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required, and a good level of computer literacy is needed. A strong commitment to the team and a sense of humour is essential.

What we offer:

• Flexible working environment

• Five weeks annual leave

• Medical insurance

• KiwiSaver

• Competitive salary based on skills and experience

• Latest smartphone and laptop

• Career development and training opportunities

• Fortnightly external supervision

• Use of company vehicle

We are committed to delivering a mana enhancing service and the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff is important to us. We value the connections you have with your community and encourage people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

If you want to make a difference by working to support families and achieve healthy communities, we want to hear from you. Applications will close on Friday 14 January 2022.

Please note: To apply for this role you must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We are committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and clients, and in accordance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, all our staff need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or medically exempt. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment.

For any queries about this role, please contact Aung Ko via email: