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Pou Whakatere

Public Health Service

  • Dunedin or Invercargill
  • 1.0 FTE permanent position (40 hour per week)

Public Health Service and the Southern Māori Health Leadership team welcomes applications for a new role as Pou Whakatere for Public Health Services.You will bring Māori strategic approaches, advice and guidance to Public Health Services across the Southern district. Pou Whakatere will support the service to embed Te Tiriti o Waitangiprinciples, Māori models of practice into all programmes, to improve equity and the health and wellbeing of Māori communities.

About you

Your relationships with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, its constituent papatipu rūnaka, Māori stakeholders and Māori communities will enable the service to build on strategic collaborative relationships and approaches. You will have knowledge in Te Tikaka me ōna kawa o Kāi Tahu and be competent or on the pathway to Te Reo Māori.

The Pou Whakatere will work with the Southern Māori Health Leadership team to develop a Māori recruitment strategy and workforce development plan to actively improve cultural safety practices of public health staff and increase Māori workforce within the service. Cultural support will be provided through the leadership team.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification in public health or similar, be experienced in programme planning, methodology and evaluation to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of our work.

You will be highly motivated, innovative and able to work independently and as part of a team. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, have good facilitation skills and an ability to prepare strategic reports and plans. You will be skilled at using the Microsoft suite and MS Teams.

Due to the ongoing service wide Public Health Covid-19 response, a proven ability to work under pressure is essential. Travel around the district will be required. A full driver's licence is essential.

About the team

As a Public Health Service, we are undergoing an exciting transformational change working collaboratively with our partners and using health in all policies approaches, addressing the determinants of health, reducing inequities and improving the health and wellbeing of our southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.

We are committed to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and actively engaging with our Treaty partner Kāi Tahu, the wider Māori community and stakeholders.As part of the service change, we have a created a new role - Pou Whakatere - which is part of the new service leadership team.

About the opportunity

Ko te Pou Whakatere

Kimihia, tirohia kei whea te taunga o te Titiwaitori,

Kia whakatauki te manu Tui, tuia, tuia i te puaotanga.

Ka puta ki te ao marama, hui e, taiki e.

Ko te mihi tēnei ki te hunga kaitiaki o te waka o Māui,

Ko Ngai Tahu, ko Ngāti Mamoe, ko Waitaha, tēnā ra koutou

Mā wai e whakaurungi atu i te waka o te hauora?

He karanga atu ki te nuinga, he tūranga hou, he tūranga motuhake, he tūranga Māori.

Ko te Pou Whakatere.

Why Southern?

Southern 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 and

Sound too good to be true?

Rest assured, you can have it all here. Why not come see for yourself!

Closing date: Sunday, 7 March 2021.

Please note we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time. If you're interested, don't delay applying!

For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor - Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email:

Children's Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB's commitment to child protection, you will be subject to 'safety checks' under the Children's Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

To apply

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