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Senior Peer Support Specialist

  • Full-time role available, working Sunday - Thursday
  • Based in Auckland
  • We value personal experience in mental health and/or addiction challenge

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 services? If so, then keep reading.


Are you the peer support specialist we are looking for? Someone who is passionate about helping people on their recovery journeys? If so, then keep reading.

This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week, Sunday - Thursday, rotating AM and PM shifts weekly.

Week 1: Sunday – Thursday, 7.00am – 3.30pm

Week 2: Sunday – Thursday, 3.00pm – 11.30pm

As a peer support specialist, you will use your lived experience to connect, build hope, and inspire recovery alongside our guests. You will be guided by Peer Core Values, Mutuality, Experiential Knowledge, Participation, Self-Determination, Equity, Hope and Recovery while supporting guests throughout each shift.


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

The Team

You’ll be based at Tupu Ake and be reporting to the Team Coach and joining our Pathways Auckland peer-led support team. Tupu Ake is an alternative to a hospital admission and can offer a homelike environment for up to 12 guests. Guest can rest in their own bedroom, roam in the outdoor garden area or connect with other guests in the lounge or library. A daily activity program is offered to encourage connection, and family/whanau are welcome to visit at most times of the day. You will be working in a team of 14 peer support specialists – all with a common purpose to support people experiencing mental illness.


We are interested to hear from experienced peer support specialists who have the ability to support and work collaboratively in a team while demonstrating a working knowledge of peer competencies and live peer values. 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 will also:

Have a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent. Alternatively, you will commence study towards this within six months of starting your employment with Pathways. This needs to be completed within two years of commencement. Pathways offers significant support for support workers to complete this study.

  • Intentional Peer Support training
  • Have a working knowledge of the National Peer Competencies
  • Hold a current peer employment training certificate and current Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Full New Zealand driver’s license
  • Great networking skills and the ability to develop high performing teams
  • Be a great listener the sort of person who will listen deeply to the people who use our services
  • Be energising, inspiring others with enthusiasm and a take action approach
  • Be a communicator - the sort of positive person who loves working with people

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.

The Benefits

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!

Closing Date: 28th October 2021. Please note, this job may closer earlier if a suitable candidate is found.

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Contact: Diane Fong, Team Coach on 09 890 9287 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.