‘Whakapiki ake te waiora o te whanau’

Maori Health and Social Services

Welcome to Poutini Waiora - a Maori Health and Social Service provider that delivers holistic care to whanau across Te Tai O Poutini. Established 21 years ago, the service is primarily mobile with kaimahi visiting whanau in their homes or other appropriate settings across the West Coast.

What we do

Community based nursing along with social services and counselling.

Meet the Team

Learn more about the team at Poutini Waiora, their roles and contact details.

How to Refer

If you think we are the organisation to help you please send us a referral.

About Poutini Waiora

Poutini Waiora are a kaupapa Maori organisation ensuring whanau are central to all decision making in order to support goals and aspirations under the umbrella of ‘whanau ora’.

Therefore the way in which services are delivered to whanau are based on Tikanga and underpinned by the values embedded in manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga and wairuatanga.

Our main office is based in Hokitika, with two sub-offices – one in Mawhera and the other in Kawatiri. We also provide a disability day programme in Hokitika.


Whakapiki ake te waiora o te whanau

Te Kaihautu
General Manager
Permanent, Full time

We are looking for a Kaihautu (GM) who would like to work within a Kaupapa Maori paradigm for the only Maori Health and Social Service provider on the West Coast.

Poutini Waiora provides a range of free and accessible health and social services for whanau on the West Coast to help achieve the vision of: “Empowering Whanau to Achieve Whanau Ora”.

As Te Kaihautu you will lead, manage and develop the strategic direction of Poutini Waiora by applying strategic policy into operational deliverables, staff management, supervision, guidance and mentoring, budget control, financial approval to approved levels, contract compliance and monitoring, risk identification and Health and Safety, Internal auditing and management of external auditing, Sourcing new business opportunities, Maintaining internal and external relationships and Governance reporting.

The successful applicant will be an astute leader of people, with demonstrated proven ability and to; influence and collaborate across health and social services. They will also be proactive and innovative and have demonstrated in previous roles sound business and financial acumen.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A professional management related qualification and proven experience in; working in the health and social service sector, a background of working successfully in preparing and developing funding applications within the health and social service sectors and leadership of a diverse multifaceted workforce. In addition, it is preferred that the candidate has had previous proven experience of working in a Maori organisation to a high level.
  • Experience in building, developing and sustaining effective high performing teams with strong team morale and spirit.
  • A proven record of high self-motivation, initiative, decision making, sound judgment, and ability to work under pressure.
  • A future focused approach with the leadership skills required to drive the right activities that will make a difference. Please note applications must be submitted on the supplied application form, be accompanied by a cover letter and a relevant and up to date CV which addresses the accountabilities, capabilities and skills of the role.  
  • Applications close 5pm Friday 7 February 2020  

Please email recruitment@businessanddesign.co.nz for an application form and more information. All applications will be electronically acknowledged, and further correspondence will be by email.


Whakapiki ake te waiora o te whanau

Whanau Ora Navigator, Kawatiri, Full Time

Are you passionate about supporting whanau to achieve whanau ora?

Poutini Waiora is working to increase wellbeing of whānau and whānui living across Kawatiri rohe, with the provision of Whānau Ora, a family led approach to achieving better outcomes for whānau. The Whānau Ora Navigator will be responsible for working alongside whānau providing supports and navigation through external services as requested by whānau.

Whānau Ora Navigators are practitioners who work with whānau and families to identify their needs and aspirations, support their participation in education, primary health and employment, and link and co-ordinate access to specialist services.

We are now looking for someone with qualifications or experience in human services, and a working knowledge of social, educational, health relevant sector services, supports and networks.

We require a competent person who can engage with whānau in our community, assessing whānau needs, providing guidance and support as well as assisting whānau to gain full access to government and community based support services to address their identified needs. The successful applicant will be working with whānau in Kawatiri, and requires a strong understanding of Whānau Ora values and principles to implement and design whānau ora aspirational plans.

Applications for this position including a Cover Letter, current CV and application form close on 8 February 2020 and are to be emailed to enquiries@poutiniwaiora.co.nz

Please denote Whanau Ora Navigator in the subject line.

Hokitika Office

17 Sewell Street
Hokitika, 7810
Free Call: 0800 333 170
Tel: (03) 755 6572
Fax: (03) 755 6578