Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Youth Worker

Applications close 25 January 2021

A new service (Whetu Marewa) is being developed and we are looking for a Youth Worker

The Whetu Marewa (Rising Star) services aims to build the confidence, resilience & wellbeing of taiohi (young people) with mental health and addiction related issues by enabling access to a range of supported interventions. Whetu Marewa provides mobile support in a community out-reach approach. 

We are looking for a savvy and energised Youth Worker to join our new and growing service. If you are passionate about supporting young people to build confidence, resilience, and wellbeing, and would like to work with a great team, we want to hear from you.

You will be working 40 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 8.30am- 5.00pm in Hamilton


This role involves supporting taiohi (12-24 years) with mild and moderate mental health and addiction concerns and social stressors.  Support to taiohi will include brief intervention and positive youth development models of care such as; 

  • working with schools and other community agencies to identify vulnerable taiohi
  • kaupapa Māori cultural interventions including a focus on positive cultural identity, whakapapa and whānauora, kapa haka, and waiata
  • a range of recreational and cultural activities as a way of engaging taiohi as well as helping them to build skills and confidence, community connections and a healthy, wellbeing focused lifestyle 
  • taiohi centered goal planning and support following Te Whare Tapa Wha principles  
  • monitoring and responding to ongoing situations using effective de-escalation and relationship building skills 
  • supporting with group facilitation

We would expect the successful applicant to have skills in working collaboratively with other providers and to work alongside a registered health professional to address complex needs.

The Team

We have an existing, friendly, and highly motivated team already based in Hamilton. Support for our taiohi is delivered from the office, with outreach work in neighbouring towns. With this role there will be a focus on developing support in schools and therefore the ability to develop relationships in these settings will be essential. No two days will be the same, you will have the opportunity to work individually with taiohi, facilitate groups or be creative in your practice.


You’ll be known for your caring, friendly and approachable manner and be passionate about your professional role and identity. You’ll have a non-judgmental approach to working within a diverse population. A real team player, you’ll be an excellent communicator and the sort of person who brings fun and laughter to your work environment. You’ll thrive in a supportive multi-disciplinary team environment where your skills and knowledge are valued and respected by your colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have;

  • The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent or be prepared to study toward this
  • Experience in working with young people and an understanding of trauma-informed care.  
  • Both de-escalation and relationship building skills
  • A current full New Zealand driver’s licence
  • A current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one
  • Competency using online technology, including basic administration skills using Microsoft office

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to flexible work arrangements, extra leave, subsidies for school holiday childcare and 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!

Ready to take a closer look at the Real? Click here to apply now.

Closing Date: Monday, 25 January 2021.  Please note, this advert may close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date.

Position Description: Please click here to view a position description  

Contact: Tracy Eccleston, service and relationship manager, 027 223 2541

Real is supported by Pathways Health Limited, part of the Wise Group. Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke-free environment. Find out more about Real at www.real.org.nz

**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the 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.