JOB OPPORTUNITY – Mahere Kaihāpori (Social Worker)

Job Location: Nelson / New Zealand

​Whakatū Marae

Mahere Kaihāpori

Whakamantia te tapu, te ihi, te wehi o te whānau

To address, restore, and enhance the mana and tapu of the whānau

Mō mātou- About us

Whakatū Marae provides comprehensive Whānau Ora services for tamariki, rangatahi, and their whānau in the Nelson and Tasman districts. Our commitment to the community has allowed us to expand and enrich the services we offer to whānau. Our kaimahi are passionate about their work, ensuring a safe and transformative space rooted in cultural values and aroha.

Mō te tūrangi mahi – About the role

The Mahere Social Worker plays a critical role in monitoring and supporting whānau connected to the Te Atatū kaupapa. This initiative works in partnership with Oranga Tamariki to support Māori whānau, addressing care and protection issues through collaborative and culturally responsive practices.

Key responsibilities include:

  •  Whanaungatanga -build and maintain trusted relationships with whānau.
  •  Work with whānau to create a comprehensive mahere (plan) that addresses care and protection issues.
  •  Provide on-going support to whānau throughout implementation of the mahere.
  •  Maintain accurate records of interactions and report on these as required
  •  Ensuring a kaupapa Māori approach to support the safety and well-being of whānau.
  •  Collaborating with partner organizations for a holistic approach to whānau support services.

Tou tūtanga mahi- About you

You are experienced in working within the social services sector and working with whānau in need. Have empathy, patience and attuned to some of the struggles whānau may be facing in their day to day lives. Demonstrated resilience, critical thinking and the confidence in finding solutions or support to keep whānau on track. A confident communicator both verbally and written with connections to relevant support agencies would be of value in this role.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

  •  A social work degree is preferred but not essential
  •  Proven experience working with Māori and within a Kaupapa Māori environment is essential.
  •  Commitment to working with whānau and supporting their needs.
  •  A good level of understanding of Tikanga Māori and te reo Māori. Is required
  •  Cultural intelligence to understand and build trust with whānau.
  •  Always shows a high degree of consistency in behaviour and act as a clear role model through demonstrated ethical conduct.
  •  Empathy, patience, resilience, and critical thinking.
  •  Sound judgement, time management, and organizational skills.
  •  Proficient in capturing key information and develop succinct reports
  •  Must be a motivated team player.
  •  Clean full driver’s license.
  •  Compliance with Whakatū Marae Whānau Ora Services and Oranga Tamariki Police vetting policy.
  •  Smoke-free as per Whakatū Marae policy and funders’ criteria.

Join a team at Whakatū Marae that embodies manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga, connecting deeply with rangatahi and their whānau.

For confidential enquiries, please contact Chan Collin at 0275 401 027. Alternatively, apply with your cover letter and resume via our recruitment portal. All enquiries and applications will be treated with strict confidence.

Applications Close: 10th July 2024