The Kaitūhono Hāpori is an integral member of the Oranga Whānau team in Taitoko - Levin.

 Engagement, relationship management and administration are key activities of the Kaitūhono Hāpori . Kaitūhono Hāpori will make connections, provide support to whānau so they can access information about housing, employment, education, wellbeing, and services in the community. 


The connector will assist and empower whānau to reach their own goals and aspirations by:

  • Providing advocacy, brokerage and coaching skills. 
  • Assisting whānau to enhance and develop their own skills and knowledge to build on their strengths and confidence. 
  • Connect whānau with services that will assist them to reach their goals and aspirations.
  • Work to the heights of their abilities in order to provide a professional and effective service to whānau. 


The role is required to promote a proactive approach to health and wellbeing and provide support to whanau to bring about better whanau outcomes to become self-managing and take responsibility for their own health, economic, cultural, social development, and wellbeing. 


If this sounds like you

  • Would love to work in an Iwi/Taha Māori environment. 
  • Four Ps – “positive people person with a passion” for making a difference through applying your own practice experience and expertise to amplify and invest in the practice of others.
  • Proven influencing and interpersonal skills.
  • Style flexibility - unflappable
  • Loves being part of a team whanau - where we all pitch in to support and participate in our community and iwi activities (regardless of our formal role titles) 
  • Enthusiastic about diversity and working with a wide range of people from all walks of life.
  • Is driven by strengths-based approach to your practice and you embrace “no judgment – ever.”
  • Gets joy from embracing and engaging in a environment of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and kotahitanga
  • Being a participator not a spectator is your happy space.
  • Strong demonstrated practice experience


This is us

Muaūpoko Tribal Authority is a mandated Iwi organisation for Muaūpoko Iwi, and we also provide Social, Hauora and Community services. 

Our Iwi vision is Whakahono. Kia tu Kaha. Muaūpoko 


Our primary goals are: 

  • To protect and progress the interests of Muaūpoko people, Hapu and whanau. 
  • To enact our Mana whenua responsibility to serve and support the wellbeing of all people living on our whenua and in our rohe 
  • To advocate and champion for all whanau. 
  • To fulfill our role as Crown Treaty partner


What we offer

  • We offer a workplace where we care deeply about whanau ora, individual and collective wellbeing and we strive to create a Mahi Whanau atmosphere of support, encouragement and full engagement,
  • We have fun together as a Mahi Whanau and being a Mahi Whanau matters to us.
  • We stand united in our commitment to providing exceptional services and experiences for whanau and our community.
  • We are unafraid to advocate for all.
  • Competitive Salary and work conditions


Employment requirements

  • Able to meet the requirements outlined in the Job Description
  • Clean and current full drivers’ licence
  • Vulnerable Children’s Act compliance
  • Police Vet Check
  • A Clean Pre-Employment Drug Test



  • Minimum of 5 years experience working with whānau.
  • Experience and expertise in kaupapa Māori models and/or Māori/Iwi work environment
  • Experience working within the social, health or community services sector.
  • Sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Strong cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse whānau and communities.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship skills.
  • Proficiency in using relevant software and technology for documentation and reporting.
  • Full clean New Zealand Driver’s License
  • No previous criminal history and the ability to pass Vulnerable Children’s Safety Checks



  • Optimistic, warm and kind. Is motivated by service to others and the community.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience working at community grass roots level.
  • Demonstrates a natural flare for influencing positive change
  • Highly skilled in growing relationships with a wide range of people and partnerships
  • Guides and inspires others to gain confidence in Taha Māori approaches and models along with the application of Treaty of Waitangi, Māori Health, and cultural safety.
  • Is confident to kōrerō in Te Reo (or willing to learn)
  • Understands and practises tikanga and kaupapa Māori (and/or willingness to learn).
  • Upholds and maintains professionalism to the highest standards, representing Muaūpoko Tribal Authority throughout all internal Muaūpoko Tribal Authority members and external/partner engagements.
  • Resilient and able to stay calm under pressure, demonstrate resourcefulness and a proactive approach to problem solving.        
  • Strong people and whānau focus.
  • Dedicated to offering our whānau the very best, always striving to exceed expectations.
  • Well organised, calm and deadline focussed 
  • Self-motivated, self-directed and can balance the number of outcomes while aligning to a people focus. 
  • Mental agility - the ability to consciously shift your thinking when and how the situation requires.
  • A genuine team player.


For a full Job description please contact [email protected]

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