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Kaumātua - Hākoro/Hākui

  • Southern DHB, Invercargill based
  • Two x permanent, part-time 0.5 FTE (20 hours a week)
  • 0.5 FTE general mental health
  • A second 0.5 FTE opportunity in the Forensic service

About the team

We have an opportunity for a Kaumātua - Hākoro/Hākui to provide guidance and support at both clinical and cultural levels within Southern DHB, in a role that reflects Te Ao Māori.

Based within the Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities service this role will influence quality of care and shape service delivery, therefore your knowledge, experience and understanding of the health needs of Māori will be invaluable. Having knowledge of He Ara Oranga (mental health and addictions review, Whānau Ora and the Māori communities of Murihiku will be highly desirable.

This is a position which covers general mental health.

We have another 0.5FTE part-time position in the Forensic service and the two roles could be combined if you wanted a full-time position.

About you

Our ideal applicant will be able to anticipate, prioritise, multi task, and deliver to time frames. You'll have the ability to take direction when required, and the confidence to build successful working relationships across Southern DHB. Your flexibility and adaptability will be essential, as will be your proven ability with technology.

You will be a highly motivated Māori cultural leader. Positive attributes include a knowledge of Tikānga me ōna kawa o Kāi Tahu as well as a broader in depth understanding of Te Ao Māori. You would also be a proficient speaker of Te Reo Māori. You will have the ability to work independently and/or as part of a team. You can provide evidence of fostering good relationships, leadership and decision making with the ability to motivate and influence the practice of others. You will require a full New Zealand driver's licence.

If you are passionate about health and can see the potential that this position can deliver, then we would love to hear from you today.

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.

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. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

View position description

Closing Date: Sunday, 19 December 2021.

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 our internal 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, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

To apply

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