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Poumanaaki Te Waka Hauora (Māori Cultural Support Worker)

Wāhi Oranga - Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Nelson Hospital

Permanent, full-time position

  • Make a real difference by providing cultural and social support to patients and their whānau
  • Support bicultural education of our staff

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

Nelson Marlborough Health's (NMH's) Māori Health and Vulnerable Populations Team, Te Waka Hauora, has a permanent full-time position available for a Poumanaaki - Māori Cultural Support Worker, within the Māori Health Service team. This role will be attached to Wāhi Oranga, our acute admissions mental health unit located at Nelson Hospital.

The role will be diverse in nature as you will provide cultural and social support to patients and whānau that are admitted to our hospital. The role will also focus on supporting bicultural education of our hospital staff and may also, at times, support wider community based projects or programmes being run in our communities by the Māori Health team.

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is building a centre of excellence in regards to Māori Health. This role will support that journey.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

While fluency in Te Reo is advantageous, applicants with a basic understanding of Te Reo Māori will be considered, as we can support development in the Māori language within our workplace. A background in health, social services, or the like, would be desirable, but again - is not essential.

Having an established understanding and network of our local Māori communities would be an asset. The ability to work as a member of a team will be essential. While we welcome applicants of all ages, we do encourage rangatahi/youth to apply for this position as part of our commitment to invest in our younger generations.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

At Nelson Marlborough Health we encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to learn and enhance their skills, and is passionate about caring for our community. We do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Tui Lister - Poukorowai Te Waka Hauora on or 027 246 8905, or Gabrielle Jones - Charge Nurse Manager - Wāhi Oranga on

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please fill in our online application form.


Applications close on Sunday 1 August, 2021 extended.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.