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Youth Worker

Real | Mō mātou

Our spirit is ‘loving life’, and that's what we do – we work with our taiohi to realise this aspiration.

We provide health and wellbeing services working with local community supports to help taiohi aged 12-24 develop life skills and build strong connections, including their school, employer, whānau, and friends.

Whetū 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.

The Benefits | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

  • 5% employer KiwiSaver contributions
  • Extra week of annual leave after 12 months of employment
  • 2 paid wellbeing days annually
  • HealthNow payment card - $250 annually towards health & wellbeing
  • Wise Group Discount App for the major costs of living services
  • School holiday programme assistance
  • Income continuance plan
  • Wise Group house, contents, and car insurance plan
  • Ongoing training and support in your role and career
  • Study and gain experience at one of New Zealand’s largest mental health providers
  • Discount at Specsavers for you and your whānau (family) members
  • Discounted plans with Southern Cross for medical insurance
  • EAP support services

And the opportunity to work with an amazing team with an inspirational purpose.

The Role | Mō tēnei tūranga mahi

This role is permanent, full-time working Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

The role of the youth worker involves supporting taiohi with mild and moderate mental health and addiction concerns and social stressors. Supporting taiohi will include brief intervention and positive youth development model of care such as:

  • Youth coaching and mentoring
  • Kaupapa Māori cultural interventions including a focus on positive cultural identity, kapa haka, waiata, whakapapa and Whānau Ora
  • 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 healthy, wellbeing-focused lifestyle choices, including rock wall climbing, mountain bike riding, candle making, crafts, and hiking. Whetū Marewa also runs a variety of different group-based interventions including a Dungeons and Dragons club, sports club, arts and crafts group, and social anxiety groups.

You | Mōu

You will:

  • Hold a Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent or be studying towards a recognised equivalent.
  • Have experience in working with young people and an understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Have both de-escalation skills and relationship building skills.
  • Hold a current full New Zealand driver’s licence.
  • Hold a current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one.
  • Have knowledge of, and demonstrable commitment to, the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Māori and Pasifika are strongly encouraged to apply for this role. We also encourage people with lived experience to apply.

Closing Date | Rā Katinga: 22 June 2024. Please note, this job may close sooner if a suitable candidate is found.

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Contact | Whakapā: Joel Hastings, Team Coach on 027 392 9880 or email

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Real is supported by Pathways Health Limited, part of the Wise Group. Pathways are committed to healthy lifestyles and actively support a smoke-free environment.

Note: The Criminal History Check is exempt from The Clean Slate Act. In other words, the Clean Slate Act does not apply to this position. Please declare any offences (even outside 7 years) in your application.

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.