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Kaumatua - Regional Rangatahi Adolescent Inpatient Service

Location: Kenepuru Community Hospital, Wellington

Contract: Permanent Full time. Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm

Service: Regional Rangatahi Adolescent Inpatient Services RRAIS

About the role

A great opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary Team at the Regional Rangatahi inpatient Service (RRAIS). The Rangatahi Unit is a 13 bedded mental health acute unit, that provides a service for adolescents aged between 12 to 17 years of age who have a serious mental health disorder (as defined in the DSM 1V). The Rangatahi Unit provides a Therapeutic Day Programme for both Inpatient and Day patients designed to meet the needs of the Rangatahi experiencing an acute episode of mental illness. Our service is a bicultural service based on kaupapa Maori framework and mainstream clinical models. Our service is Whanau focused and relevant Whanau will be included in all aspects of treatment where appropriate.

The Kaumātua support clinicians to deliver care and treatment by guiding them with the cultural aspects of the process. Kaumātua will provide advice on issues relating to Tikanga Māori and assist in the carrying out of tasks that meet the cultural needs of Tangata whaiora and whānau in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary Team. The Kaumātua will lead in processes such as powhiri, cultural orientation and staff cultural training and any other area where there is a need for cultural leadership.


  • Attend team MDTs to support cultural input
  • Advocate for tangata whaiora and their whānau by encouraging support for cultural practices that support whānau ora
  • Positively and actively lead cultural processes for services including providing Tikanga Education as needed
  • Take the lead role as necessary for Powhiri, Mihi Whakatau Hui and or at any such hui where Kaimahi are present and require support
  • Provide cultural input and actively participates in the Therapeutic Day programme

Skills & Experience

  • Skills and expertise in working with adolescents and their families, bi-cultural and multi-cultural work practices, multi-disciplinary team working, and community liaison
  • Experience in the child and adolescent mental health sector and a proven ability of working with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Provide assistance to meet the cultural needs Tangata whaiora and whānau Providing Tikanga Education, kapa haka, and will be able to meet Hauora Maori cultural competencies

About our organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

How to apply:

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email