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Peer Support Worker

  • Full-time role available, working Sunday - Thursday
  • Dynamic, innovative, fast paced environment, based in Hutt Valley
  • We value personal experience in mental health and/or addiction services

Are you passionate about helping people on their recovery journeys? Do you have your own experience of mental health and/or addiction services? If so, then keep reading.

Ko te hauora o te tangata te whainga matua.

Summary | Whakarāpopototanga

Innovative service providing alternative to traditional hospital setting for people in mental distress.

The Role

We’re looking for peer support workers to help us support the Hutt Valley community in our Acute Alternative Service, where we have recently established a new model of care.

This role will involve working with people experiencing acute mental distress. They will include supporting people with their mental health/addiction and social needs, in their home and in the community, including in our community day space.

This is a full-time position working Sunday to Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm

This service supports tangata whai ora experiencing mental distress and with a high level of mental health support need. It delivers a range of one-on-one and group therapeutic programmes to people who would benefit from intensive short-term interventions, providing an alternative to hospital admission, or an earlier transition home from hospital.

You will be a part of the innovative team who embraces wellbeing to support tangata whai ora to regain their wellness.


At Pathways we provide high quality community-based mental health, addiction and wellbeing services throughout Aotearoa for more than 30 years. Our dream is to transform mental health and addictions through fostering strong, compassionate, self-supporting communities.

The Team

You’ll be reporting to the Team Coach and joining our Pathways Acute Alternative Hutt Day Service. This is a service that closely work with clinical teams and whānau to support tangata whai ora so that our tangata whai ora receive comprehensive supports while they are going through challenging time.

Ma te tini ka taea te tahi.

You | Koe

We are interested to hear from experienced peer support workers who have the ability to support and work collaboratively in a team while demonstrating working knowledge of peer competencies, principles and live peer values. These are the strong foundation on which the development of this role and the service rely. We are interested to hear from people who are committed to provide evidence-based supports to our tangata whai ora at both day space and at their homes.

You will also:

  • Hold a New Zealand Certificate in Peer Support Level 4 or Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent.
  • Have completed Crisis Prevention Intervention training
  • Have current Wellness Recovery Action Plan and committed to work on your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan continuously.
  • Have a working knowledge of the National Peer Competencies
  • Full New Zealand driver’s license
  • Live and breathe Te Ao Māori
  • Comfortable and preferably experienced in working with higher acuity
  • Be energising, inspiring others with enthusiasm and have a whatever it takes approach
  • Be a communicator – ability to use your experiential knowledge to support tangata whai ora

The Wise Group are passionate supporters of our communities and vulnerable populations. We place a high value on the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the people we support. We endorse the Ministry of Health recommendation for vaccinations to protect us all against COVID-19. It is therefore our expectation that all new Wise Group employees are vaccinated.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini.

The benefits | Āwhina

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!

Applications close | Kaitono kati: 15th November 2021. Please note, this job may closer earlier if a suitable candidate is found.

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Contact | Whakapā: Mahoro King, Team Coach on 027 235 5086 if you have any further questions.

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 Vulnerable 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.