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Pou Whakatere

  • Pou Whakatere
  • Public Health Service
  • Dunedin or Invercargill based
  • 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 Waitangi principles, 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 NZ driver 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.

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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Sunday, 30 May 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 the internal careers site.

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

To apply

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