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Social Worker - Oranga Tamariki

Date:  23-Feb-2021

Canterbury, NZ

Social Worker – Oranga Tamariki – Aoraki region


  • Full time permanent roles available in Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton and Christchurch (covering Aoraki region)
  • Be part of a fun team based in the stunning South Island of New Zealand
  • Excellent benefits, including an additional 5 days annual leave per annum

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, currently have opportunities for Social Workers to join our Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton Sites.  You will be part of a multidisciplinary team who work closely together and who are passionate in supporting Oranga Tamariki in delivering positive outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi.



Our goal is to establish a multiagency approach to protecting and caring for New Zealand’s tamariki and rangatahi. We aim to adapt and improve the lives of tamariki and their whānau through application of our established practice model: You will be expected to operate in a supportive role in order to help achieve this goal.



You will be part of making a difference to the lives of our tamariki and their whānau by utilising the latest strength-based practice tools and assessment framework.  By engaging with tamariki and developing, managing and delivering plans it will ensure their voices are heard.


You will be delivering high-level evidence based and quality social work services where you will be working in partnership with tamariki, their whānau, external agencies and communities to ensure a collaborative approach to improved outcomes. 


This role requires a passion to actively work to keep tamariki at the centre of everything we do. It’s more than a job, it’s an opportunity to champion tamariki and their whānau with every decision you make.


Key attributes to be considered but not limited to, will include:

  • A recognised Social Work qualification by the Social Worker Registration Board
  • Registration with New Zealand’s Social Worker Registration Board
  • Demonstrated resilience, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and demonstrating this in practice
  • Having a good understanding of section 7(AA) of The Oranga Tamariki Act
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • A valid and clean New Zealand’s drivers’ licence.


What we are offering:

  • A competitive salary in line with Oranga Tamariki’s remuneration range, between $56,100 - $102,000
  • On-going professional development and coaching
  • Access to corporate health fund discounts and a banking package with Westpac.
  • 5 days additional Annual Leave


How to apply?
Apply online with your CV, cover letter, copy of your social worker qualification and SWRB details. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. 
If you have any questions about the role, please email Jo Benson at 


Application closes 29 March 2021