Community Karitane earn between $19 an hour and $23 an hour, depending on experience.
Source : The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Community Karitane may do some or all of the following :
give health advice to families, especially the parent or caregiver and child
facilitate group courses such as parenting programmes
work alongside the wider Plunket team, including Plunket nurses and case managers
educate caregivers on health and child development such as sleeping, feeding, behaviour, nutrition and immunisation
educate community groups about family health
visit schools, kōhanga reo and community groups
look out for signs of child abuse and domestic violence, and refer the child or caregiver to other professionals when needed
liaise between clients and community agencies such as Work and Income or Housing New Zealand.
Skills and knowledge
Community Karitane need to have knowledge of :
issues relating to child and family health and welfare, including Tamariki Ora Well Child service
Māori language and culture, and customs of local iwi, hapū and whānau if working specifically with Māori.
Community Karitane :
work regular business hours, though some work part time
are usually based at Plunket rooms, at clinics and in family centres
travel to visit clients in their home or in the community.
To become a qualified community Karitane you need to :
complete the National Certificate in Tamariki Ora Well Child Services (Level 4)
be employed as a child health worker, such as a community, Plunket, Plunket Kaiāwhina, Karitane, pacific or iwi health worker, as you need a minimum of 18 hours a week of workplace hours to complete the certificate.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a community Karitane. However, Māori, English, biology, chemistry and physics are useful.
Community Karitane need to be :
patient, observant and understanding
able to make good judgements
able to relate to young children, parents and people from a range of cultures
good at communicating and listening
motivated and able to work independently
good at problem solving.
Useful experience for community Karitane includes :
experience in an area of health provision or community social services
work as a nanny
work as an early childhood teacher.