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Kaiwhakamahereroa Waranga

Do you want to be part of a ground-breaking new programme, which seeks to tackle addiction based on the principle that what works for Māori works for all?

Te Ngahere – this name is derived from ‘the forest’ and speaks to the importance of connection. Te Ngahere is an eight-week intensive alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programme built on a strong cultural framework. It is grounded on the principle that ‘When we re-generate through our natural cycles found in pepeha, marae and whānau, there is wellness, restoring mana revealing our true beauty and potential.’

Te Ngahere seeks to address alcohol and drug harm by supporting tāngata whai ora (people seeking wellness) to reveal their intrinsic mana.

If this programme excites you, we have a vacancy for a full-time permanent Practitioner / Kaiwhakamahereroa Waranga. You will join the Odyssey team at Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility (ARWCF), delivering two-month therapeutic AOD programmes grounded in Maori and Pasifika approaches. Your role will include the assessment and delivery of individual and group interventions for tāngata whai ora.


We want to hear from candidates with:

• A high level of understanding of tikanga Māori and its importance within this setting

• A relevant degree-level health qualification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), social work or mental health

• Registration with a professional body or a willingness to work towards registration

• Skills in delivering AOD services from a Māori and Pasifika framework, including group delivery and individual interventions

• A strong people focus and interpersonal skills

• Report writing skills and computer proficiency

• An understanding of working in a Corrections environment


We can offer you:

• A competitive salary and benefits

• 22 days annual leave

• Learning and development opportunities

• Varied work that supports the community

• A dynamic and supportive team environment, working with people who are passionate about their work

• A healthy workplace, which is smoke free


So, if you are looking to broaden your professional practice and utilise or further strengthen your tikanga Māori knowledge in a supportive team environment, we would love to hear from you.

Please note that to work in the Corrections environment applicants will be required to pass the Ministry of Justice clearance checks, as well as Police and Ministry of Social Development checks.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

To apply, please include a CV, cover letter and complete the additional information questionnaire form which can be found under your individual Odyssey recruitment profile. Please note that for applicants applying via SEEK an email will be sent to you with a link to access this individual profile. For all enquiries, please contact Ursula Mochocka on 09 623 1447 ext. 727.

Closing date: Friday, 30 July 2021

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