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Kaioranga Hauora Māori

Te Korowai Hou Ora - Southern DHB secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • 0.8 FTE permanent role
  • Exciting role with regional scope

About the role

This new role, 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 Korowai Hou Ora team members and other Southern DHB MHAID staff. Reporting directly to the relevant MHAID Charge Nurse/Unit Manager in their place of work for the day to day activities and responsibilities you will also have cultural oversight of services provided by the Kaihautū Oranga Hinengaro.

The position is based in Invercargill, but is part of a team that covers the Southland region and therefore requires flexibility to travel and stay overnight as needed. You will require a full New Zealand driver's licence.

About you

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with knowledge of tikanga Māori and a proficient/learning speaker of Te Reo Māori to join our team of Te Korowai Hou Ora. Experience working within the mental health addictions and intellectual disability sector is essential along with evidence of fostering strong working relationships within the local Māori community and wider health sector. You will demonstrate your success in working independently and/or as part of a team.

About the team

Te Korowai Hou Ora is the secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Service based at Southland Hospital, Invercargill and under the Southern DHB Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate. Te Korowai Hou Ora service comprises of Registered Nurses, Kaioranga Hauora Māori/Cultural Workers and Kaumatua who provides clinical and cultural expertise to support tangata whaiora and whānau who experience moderate to severe mental illness.

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. 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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

The location

Now to the city itself, Invercargill offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you've always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sounds to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours. Sounds too good to be true? Rest assured, you can have it all here. Why not come see for yourself!

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Closing date: Monday, 7 March 2022.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via ourinternal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

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

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: