Kaiāwhina - Hutt Valley

Kotahi mano ngā rā hiki te oranga mo ngā whakatipuranga, i roto i ngā  hapori

In the first 1000 days setting the path of wellness in our communities, for generations to come

We're seeking two Kaiāwhina to work alongside and support Whānau Māori, hapū, and iwi in improving health outcomes for pēpī, tamariki and whānau. We have two roles available – both of which are 0.9 FTE (9 days a fortnight) one based in the Hutt Valley, and one in the Hutt Valley/Wairarapa.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The mahi of our Kaiāwhina supports the growth of healthy pēpī and tamariki, confident whānau and connected communities by working with whānau Māori to identify and enhance their strengths as well as supporting self-determined pae ora goals. This mahi involves applying mātauranga Māori alongside health promotion, health education, and prevention concepts.

This might involve providing advice which is commonly associated with Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s service such as the introduction of solids or supporting breastfeeding. The mahi of a Kaiāwhina also provides for whānau cultural needs – supporting whānau to build connections and confidence in their Māoritanga through for instance the introducing of waiata and pūrākau sessions.

Where there is a need Kaiāwhina can work with multiple agencies and specialists – social workers, food banks, other community groups and our wider Whānau Āwhina services to respond to the needs of our people.

He kōrero mōu | About you

This role involves supporting whānau who might be at different stages of their haerenga to incorporate Te Ao Māori principles and values into how they raise their tamariki, this might involve introducing Māori models of health or connecting whānau with local iwi providers and services.

You will be a warm people person who adopts a whakawhanaungatanga approach to building connections. You may have a background in health promotion; working in a Kaupapa Māori or kōhanga reo setting would be advantageous however we will provide you with the training you need.

Above all else you will bring with you a desire to support whānau and the community we serve and to deliver equitable health outcomes and the skills to link them with the services that will make the difference to our rangatira mō āpōpoō.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

If you’re seeking to work for an organisation that values improving society, join us at Whānau Āwhina Plunket. In line with our values, we believe in caring for our people, to support your wellbeing and ongoing professional growth, we offer:

  • Work close to home in a community based role
  • A predominantly Monday – Friday role, with some flexibility to work around you
  • 'Well Health Day': the ability to use sick leave for a proactive planned health day
  • A generous parental leave scheme to support growing whanau

Ngā pukenga me tohunga Motuhake | Skills and Qualifications

You will:

  • Be committed to completing the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services, Level 4, Community Health Work) if not already held or to secure recognition of prior learning.
  • hold a full New Zealand drivers license.
  • hold the legal right to work in Aotearoa

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

To view the position description or to apply for this role please refer to www.plunket.org.nz/careers. For further information please contact Vicky Perris (Clinical Leader) on Vicky.Perris@plunket.org.nz.

Applications close 31 March 2023. Please note, we will review applications as they are received.


Whānau Āwhina Plunket is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of pēpi, tamariki and their whānau. We have committed to adopting a pro-equity approach where we give life to the Treaty principles of tino rangatiratanga, partnership, active protection, equity and options in our mahi to ensure healthy tamariki, confident whānau and connected communities. This journey is creating exciting career opportunities - If you would like to contribute to the important mahi we do, nau mai, haere mai.


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Permanent Part Time

Job no: CHAO320874

Location: Wellington-Wairarapa

Closing Date: Friday, 31 March 2023