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Youth Worker

  • 3 Youth Worker Roles available
  • Taranaki Based
  • Are you motivated and energised to support young people?

Want to work with an awesome bunch of people? Join our team and be part of an energising, positive, youth-focused crew.


We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about and committed to working with Taiohi and are looking for kaimahi who, as part of our whanau, will bring mana to the tamaiti through knowledge and application of whanaungatanga and manakitanga. We believe, and we will do whatever it takes to have every young person feel great about their future.

We have two full time positions and one part time position available both working in Taranaki. Hours are flexible, please advise your availability in your cover letter.

As a youth worker, you'll apply your skills, creative ideas and expertise to mahi collaboratively with partner agencies to get the best outcome for Taiohi and their families/whānau.

You will support young people to develop life skills and resilience and provide support with practical problem solving and daily life skills. You will be supporting community connection and liaising with relevant support services, family/whānau and other providers to provide “whatever it takes and keeping it REAL” for the young people we support in order to grow and identify their purpose and belonging in our community, so they have the opportunity to thrive.


Our spirit is 'loving life' – and that's what we do and help our young people to do.

We believe that by supporting young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing, in a way that recognises their uniqueness, they be less impacted by adult mental health and addictions later in life.

We believe in the importance of community, connections, relationships and the ability of young people to shape their own futures.

We have Real services across New Zealand from Auckland to the Wairarapa and are the youth brand of Pathways.

The Team

The Real youth service in Taranaki is a youth respite retreat. Taiohi/young people will stay at the home-like retreat for short periods. They will be supported by trained youth mental health and addiction kaimahi with problem solving, nutritious homecooked meals, supported outings and assistance with developing life skills and resilience. Including and strengthening families/whanau is important to the service and families/whanau are provided with opportunities for participation, education and access to support as required.


It is essential that you have previous experience working with taiohi. You’ll understand trauma-informed care and will bring passion and enthusiasm for working with young people. The ideal person will be a genuine, caring, compassionate person with the ability to learn and be calm under pressure.

This role will involve working with our clinical partners, so you’ll be a professional with good communication skills, a willingness to listen and learn and the ability to work collaboratively.

You will have:

  • A current full New Zealand driver’s license.
  • A current first aid certificate, or be willing to get one.
  • Hold the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent or be currently studying towards this qualification or a recognised equivalent.
  • An understanding of trauma-informed care and experience in support work, preferably with young people.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and be able to provide medication support an understanding of local community issues and of tikanga Māori.
  • The ability to work independently and innovatively to engage young people/taiohi and whanau.

You will be:

  • A great listener, the sort of person who will listen deeply to the people who use our services
  • A fresh thinker, using curiosity and imagination to generate new ideas
  • Inspiring others with enthusiasm and a take action approach
  • Passionate about supporting young people to build confidence, resilience and wellbeing

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

Here at Real we value our employee’s and we like to show how much we value you by offering outstanding benefits. Some of the benefits include providing extra annual leave, income protection insurance, flexible working arrangements, and subsidies for school holiday children’s programmes. Real is a supportive work environment where work life balance is encouraged, people are valued, and new solutions are the norm!

Find out more about Real at

Ready to take a closer look at the Real? Then apply now

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 18th October 2021. PLEASE NOTE, this advert may close early if a suitable candidate is found.

Position description: YW.pdf

Contact: Victor Verveer, Team Coach, 027 215 1814 if you have any further questions.

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

**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.