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Peer Support Specialist

  • Use your lived experience to support our Tangata Whai Ora
  • Join us and bring your personality, commitment to help people in their wellbeing
  • Be part of supportive work environment in a value-based organisation

We’re looking for someone with a good understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery. A real ‘people person’ who can engage with anyone!


Are you the Peer Support Specialist we are looking for? Someone who is passionate about helping people on their recovery journeys? Do you have your own experience of mental health and/or addictions? If so, then keep reading.

We have 2 part time opportunities available. You will be working in our Peer Acute Alternative service.

16 hours vacancy, working Sunday and Monday from 11.00pm to 7.30am

24hours vacancy, working Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.00pm to 7.30am

As a Peer Support Specialist, you might be kept busy supporting people with budgeting and independent daily living skills or attending appointments and advocating for people. You might be assisting people to connect with their communities. You’ll need to be prepared to do whatever it takes - cleaning, cooking, gardening, personal care or helping out with everyday household tasks.


Transforming mental health and addictions through fostering strong, compassionate, self-supporting communities.

The Team

You’ll be reporting to the Team Coach and joining our Peer Acute Alternative Service. This is a service delivery model that provides an alternative to a hospital admission, working in a team of 24 peer support specialists – all with a common purpose to support people experiencing mental illness.


We are interested to hear from people who have a caring nature and work in a recovery focused way. You will be able to provide medication support for our people and have impeccable attention to detail.

You’ll also have:

  • New Zealand Certificate Level 4 in Health and Wellbeing (or a recognised equivalent) or be willing to commence study towards this qualification within six months of starting with us. We offer our staff significant support to complete this study.
  • You’ll have Intentional Peer Support training (IPS) or Peer Employment Training (PET) Certificate
  • You will have completed WRAP training
  • A full New Zealand drivers licence
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate or be willing to obtain one.
  • You’re a great listener the sort of person who will listen deeply to the people who use our services
  • You’ll be flexible and have positive approach when dealing with challenging behaviours
  • You’re energising, inspiring others with enthusiasm and a take action approach
  • You’re a communicator - the sort of positive person who loves working with people

The Covid-19 Public Health (Vaccination) Order requires the full vaccination of anyone conducting high-risk work in the health and disability sector, or who does not necessarily provide a health service but works in a role that requires frequent contact/engagement with those who do. Therefore, all workers within the Wise Group are required by the Order to be vaccinated.

The Benefits | Awhina

In this role, you can look forward to a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its’ purpose. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued and new solutions are the norm!

Ready to take a closer look at Pathways? Then apply now.

Closing date: Thursday 17th February 2022. Please note, this advert may close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date.

Position description:

Contact | Whakapa: Sean Walker, Team Coach on 027 702 9830

For further information, visit our website

Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke free environment. We encourage people with experience of mental illness to apply.

**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the Children's Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.