The Kaiwhakaako position is an exciting opportunity to join the leadership within our Care and Protection Residences, Community Residential Services and Supervised Group Homes as we continue to work to better meet our obligations under section 7AA (2)(a) and (b) of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, standard Treaty of Waitangi Principles and mana tamaiti objectives.
This role has both internal (Oranga Tamariki) and external facing responsibilities.
Mō mātou About us
Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values :
We put Tamariki first
We believe Aroha is vital
We respect the Mana of people
We are Tika and P ono
We value Whakapapa
We recognise that Oranga is a journey
Mō te tūnga About the role
In looking outwards, the Kaiwhakaako will support Residence teams to :
build on the working relationship and / or partnership between mana whenua and residential services.
develop cultural connectedness between mana whenua and our residential services.
In looking within, the Kaiwhakaako will mentor, coach and support the Residence teams to :
grow in their knowledge, understanding and application of tikanga Māori ways of being and working within their role.
to provide the best care possible for tamariki Māori within the residential service and supervised group homes.
to support staff to access appropriate cultural development and support when they are providing care for tamariki from Pacific and other tau iwi backgrounds.
This is to ensure that staff are providing culturally appropriate and safe care for our tamariki in residential services.
Mōu About you
We are looking for people with the following experience, skills, and qualities to take up this important role :
Knowledge of and established links to hapori networks and experience working in collaboration and conjunction, and effectively working in cross cultural environments and contexts.
Thorough understanding of and commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 7aa requirements Oranga Tamaiki have.
Experience, understanding and knowledge of te reo Māori me ona tikanga
Experience mentoring and training staff to practice in a Māori Centred way.
Experience developing the linkages and common ways of working with rūnanga and other Māori rōpū (groups or organisations).
Experience working with vulnerable tamariki, rangatahi and whānau Māori, iwi, hapū, iwi and other cultural groups.
An ability to lead by influence in areas for which they have responsibility but not line management authority.
Nōu te rourou What's in it for you
We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow.
We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of Tamariki and Rangatahi.