Whānau Āwhina Plunket Kaiāwhina (Māori Health Worker)


  • Passionate about improving health outcomes for children and their whanau?

  • Experience working and supporting communities?

  • Confident in your understanding of tikanga and mātauranga Māori? 

It’s exciting times at Whānau Āwhina Plunket as we breathe life into a new vision and embark on a strategic journey over the next five years aimed at achieving intergenerational change, and really making a difference to the lives of all New Zealand children, families and whānau.  We believe that in the first 1000 days of a child’s life, we can make the difference of a lifetime  

As New Zealand's largest provider of services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under the age of five, we have a trusted and respected brand. Whānau Āwhina Plunket people are passionate about what they do and have a shared desire to make a positive difference.  

  • This Kaiāwhina role is a permanent, full time position, currently based in Hastings, focusing on whānau living in the Flaxmere/Camberley area. The Kaiāwhina will focus on identifying and enhancing whānau strengths and capacity, and support whanau on achieving their self-determined pae ora goals.They will work with whānau who have tamariki up to five years of age. Applying mātauranga Māori alongside health promotion, health education, and prevention concepts in their work. 

We offer you a supportive working environment, supervision, training and professional development opportunities. 

To be successful you will have:

  • The ability to work with Whānau Āwhina Plunket nurses, volunteers, iwi/ Māori and other external groups or agencies to support whānau to achieve their self-determined aspirations for the improved health and wellbeing of their family/whānau/fanau and children.

  • An understanding of best practice through coordinated care. This places equal importance on all aspects of whānau ora and requires Whānau Āwhina Plunket Staff, volunteers, whānau, hapū, iwi/Māori and external agencies work side by side with whānau.

  • The ability to connect with families through the process of whakawhanaungatanga. In addition, Whānau Āwhina Plunket Kaiāwhina articulate Māori models of health and contribute to area knowledge, to develop health promotion strategies that are acceptable and appropriate to Māori whānau and the communities in which they serve.

  • Ideally (but not essential) the Plunket Health Worker competencies may be demonstrated by Plunket Kaiāwhina with te reo me ōna tikanga (Māori language and customs), and a collective approach to achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes for all whanau.

  • The role requires a level of confidence and capability with the use of technology and electronic based systems to support practice.

  • Confidence to work both autonomouslyand within a team environment
  • Required to be confident facilitators with children and adults, as this is a significant part of the role, and, continues to increase as we change the way we present information and deliver services to our communities.
  • Ideally (but not essential) experience in working with Māori or Pasifika populations
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles
  • Health Promotion experience and a related qualification (not essential)
  • A commitment to complete the National Certificate in Tamariki Ora – Well Child Services programme
  • Hold a full, clean New Zealand drivers licence
  • New Zealand residency is essential 

To view the position description, or to apply, please go to www.plunket.org.nz/careers

Applications must be made online to be considered for this position.  For further information please contact Nicole Houlahan, Clinical Services Manager on 027 572 4621.  Applications close 5pm Friday 25 September 2020.

Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part Time

Job no: IEAN020067

Location: Hawkes Bay

Closing Date: Applications close 5pm Friday 25 September 2020