Cultural Support Worker

Listed 11 days Ago
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
Social Services

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (TToH) in partnership with Oranga Tamariki (OT) are seeking a Cultural Support person to assist OT with kaupapa Maori cultural practise and whanau connection support, when working with tamariki and whanau in Hawkes Bay.

OT has engaged the services of TToH to help them with cultural and whanau connections support in their Intake and Assessment services.

TToH is a Ngāti Kahungunu mandated, kaupapa Maori values-based health and social services organisation providing services to our community along the East Coast of the North Island, from Mahia to Rimutaka. Our health, social, education and community development teams have been working successfully with whanau for over 35 years. Our whakatakanga (mission) is ‘Māori ora ki te Mana Māori – Strong Whānau, Vibrant Communities’. Our approach is Mā Māori, Mo Māori, Kia Māori – by Māori, for Māori, with Māori.

Based in our Social Services team at our large Orchard Road site in Hastings, we are looking for a Cultural Support Worker who has experience working with tamariki and whanau, is fluent in Te Reo and understands kaupapa Maori cultural practises. 

Using the Te Amorangi (Cultural Leadership Pillar) of Te Toitumanako, Te Toi Huarewa and Te Toiwairoa and the TToH values of Kotahitanga, Whanaungatanga, Kaitiakitanga and Whakamana, you will be required to support OT with:

· Building cultural capability and practise in their manager and practise leaders

· Supporting tamariki and rangitahi to be well connected with their whanau

· Helping social workers identify and connect with whanau, hapu and iwi for tamariki and whanau

· Developing and maintaining relationships with tangata whenua and key cultural groups

Suitable applicants must:

- Have experience working with tamariki, rangitahi and whanau

- Have experience working with whanau, hapu and iwi

- Have a good understanding and knowledge of Te Reo Maori and tikanga practises

- Excellent communication and engagement skills 

- Solutions focussed and able to work collaboratively with the respective parties to achieve the best interests of the tamariki

- A clean, full, current drivers’ license

- Fluent in Te Reo Maori and experience in tikanga Maori practises

- Knowledgeable of the Te Whare Tapa Wha assessment, planning and interventions and Whanau centred approaches

We are looking for people who: 

· Are non-judgemental

· Are solutions focussed, have a can-do attitude and care about the best interests of tamariki

· Are able to work with situations of conflict and crisis

· Have a sense of compassion, empathy and kindness

· Are able to relate to all walks of life.

· Have the ability to be assertive when you need to be, but also caring and kind

· Are professional and can work in an integrated and collaborative team


This is a full time permanent position (40 hours), Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm

If you have the skills and experience we are looking for - apply TODAY! 

Please include a Covering letter, CV and completed TToH Application form with your application. 

Applications close: Monday 1st March 2021  


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