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NAVIGATOR - 37.5 hrs per week

We seek a Navigator who is willing to go above and beyond and have fun whilst enjoying a challenging role which requires tenacity, resilience and a sense of humour. 

You will support people with experience of mental illness or other disability to be involved in the community and reach their personal goals whatever they may be.   

You will work closely with individuals, family/whānau, clinicians, networking community groups, retailers, and educational providers. 

You may be required to design, plan and facilitate courses depending on need, where there is no course already being offered in the community.

You will need to be a person who likes to travel as the position is based at our Kawerau and Whakatane office for 3 and 2 days respectively.


Ideally you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of micro-businesses with the ability to help and support people’s micro-businesses (Kawerau only)
  • Person driven approach and commitment  to acknowledging people’s strengths
  • An understanding of and commitment to social inclusion
  • Strong skills and relevant experience in the field of mental health  and disability support
  • Innovative and problem solving skills
  • Excellent  relationship building, group facilitation skills, communication, computer and report writing skills
  • Must have a full clean drivers licence

The position is full-time for 37.5 hrs per week with the opportunity to job share as follows:

  • Kawerau office - 3 days per week = 22.5 hrs
  • Whakatane office - 2 days per week = 15.0 hrs

A job description and application forms are available at Pou Whakaaro Kawerau, 1E Tamarangi Drive and Pou Whakaaro Whakatane, 40 Te Tahi Street, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or contact Michelle Jordan on (07) 308 8170

Applications close Friday 25th August 2017 at 4pm



You will be delivering Peer Support to people who experience the impact of mental illness and/or addiction and are moving towards their own personal recovery. This role will include a broad range of activities, establishing and building relationships with stakeholders, providing support and ensuring the voice of other Tangata Whaiora is heard. The role is 27.5 hours per week.

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Have a lived experience of mental illness
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be able to model and promote recovery
  • Encourage social inclusion
  • Good administrative and record keeping skills
  • Be positive and encouraging with a good sense of humour
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a supportive team

An understanding of Te Reo and tikanga would be an advantage, as would a recognised Mental Health qualification. You will need to hold a current full drivers license and be able to work in New Zealand.

If this sounds like you we’d strongly encourage you to apply.

For a job description and application form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call Michelle on 308 8170, return applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 11 September 2017.


We are seeking help from people to provide assistance for people we partner with.
Some of the people we partner need one on one support to get the most out of the programmes they choose.
We need help in the three Arts and Crafts courses and we would love some male input in our recycled projects.

Come along and learn yourself and have fun with us. We laugh a lot.

Ring Jan Scown on 3088170 to find out more about us.

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General Rules

Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane