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Kaiarahi - Oranga Tamariki

Date:  16-Feb-2021

Auckland, NZ


Permanent, Full Time, Whakatakapokai, Auckland


About us | Mō mātou 
Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:


  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono  
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey



About the Residence | E pa ana ki te Kāenga
Our Youth Justice Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi in our care can make changes to get their lives back on track. Whakatakapokai is one of five Youth Justice Residences operating across Aotearoa that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing residential placements and programmes for rangatahi aged 13 to 19 years who have been charged with or convicted of an offence. Our vision at Whakatakapokai is to create a unique, culturally focused, therapeutic, safe and restorative care environment that enables rangatahi to strengthen their connection with whānau, hapū, iwi and their culture; and develop the skills to make positive decisions to support them to flourish and transform their lives, reducing the risk of reoffending.

Whakatakapokai is strongly focused on achieving positive change in rangatahi through education, skill development, vocational programmes, and therapeutic and cultural interventions using a Māori world centric view (Te Ao Māori). Our overall goal is that rangatahi who come into our care are positively integrated back into their community and reduce the risk of reoffending with their mana restored.



About the role | Mō te tūnga 
The role of the Kaiārahi is to lead and inspire a team of dedicated professional staff to ensure rangatahi receive quality youth justice services, that help them take responsibility for their actions with the aim of reducing reoffending.


The Kaiārahi will manage the operational team on the floor, including risk mitigation in relation to the rangatahi in care, planning shifts for the team, arranging resources and allocating tasks. Their responsibility will also include ensuring that structured days are stimulating and purposeful to meet the individual needs of rangatahi. This role will provide a continuous learning and coaching function of youth workers to ensure that appropriate models of behaviour are demonstrated by acknowledging the positive personal influence each interaction can have on the life and outcomes of rangatahi.

This role will involve:

  • Providing team management and leadership in a supportive Te Ao Māori environment
  • Fostering people development through coaching and mentoring
  • Building a culturally competent and effective team through ongoing cultural development and support
  • Providing leadership to the team on Whakamana Tangata
  • Developing new and creative solutions to operational challenges and practice gaps within a secure Residence
  • Ensuring a strong focus on outcomes for all rangatahi
  • Ability to work on rostered shifts which include, weekends, nights and public holidays



About you | Mōu    
To apply for this role, you must demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:

Have worked in one of the fields below:

  • Youth or criminal justice, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, management, te reo and kaupapa Māori
  • Youth work, or teaching and learning support, childcare and parenting services
  • Social work – counselling, mental health, substance misuse, working with vulnerable people
  • Therapeutic practice, mental health, nursing and healthcare
  • Coaching, sport, health, fitness
  • Risk management experience within a complex regulatory environment, including interpretation and application of legislation and statutory powers
  • A full, clean drivers’ licence


We are looking for candidates who demonstrate the following skills and behaviours:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • Aptitude to provide leadership, coaching, mentoring, and enhancing capability in people
  • Strong relationship management skills including engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including iwi and whānau
  • The ability to collaborate with others and work as one team
  • A commitment to Oranga Tamariki’s Māori cultural framework



How to Apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono 
Apply online with your CV and cover letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. If you have any questions about the role, please contact  


Applications close 3rd March 2021


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