Youth Development Worker

at Mā Te Huruhuru Charitable Trust
Published June 1, 2023
Location Auckland, New Zealand
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  


Youth Development Worker Mā Te Huruhuru Charitable Trust location Auckland. $55,000 – $60,000 per year.

2x Full Time Youth Development Workers required. Ability to work and thrive within a Kaupapa Māori environment. Are you looking for a rewarding career working with taitamariki (youth). We are looking for energetic, resilient, and honest people interested in applying their skills and experience to support the well-being of taitamariki in a papakāinga setting.

Our Housing project He Paa Piringa provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where taitamariki are happy and thriving and can connect to self, culture and their purpose.

About us Mā Te Huruhuru is a kaupapa Māori organisation committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. We provide 24/7 support and care for taitamariki aged 17 to 21 years, learning to build independence in a safe and encouraging environment. Our vision is to provide taitamariki with shelter, skills, and confidence in self and te ao Māori so they can go into the world and succeed beyond their wildest imagination.

What started off as a vision that was borne out of experiencing poverty and despair has fast become a high-profile and hugely successful non-profit organisation whose primary purpose is to ensure that all taitamariki who walk through our doors leave with the skills, attitude, and confidence they need to contribute to whānau, hapu, iwi, and the community.

About the role housing Youth Development Workers provide taitamariki with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau, communities and self.  Youth Development Workers understand that the effects of poverty and/or trauma are complex, and successfully working with youth demands reconnection and healing opportunities while building individual skills and aspirations.

We are looking for enthusiastic people that want to be part of a team that is instrumental in turning young lives around. As a He Paa Piringa team member, you are working all day with taitamariki. You must have a passion for wanting to make a positive difference in their lives. To excel in this role a tertiary qualification in sport, health, education or youth work would be useful but life skills are invaluable.

He Paa Piringa runs a 24/7 operation with staff working various shift times. The shifts are; morning shift (6.30am-3.00pm), afternoon shift (2.30pm-11.00pm) and night shifts (10.30pm - 7.00am) which also involves working weekends and public holidays.

Desired Candidate we value our kaimahi and their wide range of skills and experiences. We want to hear from you if you have an understanding of trauma-informed care and working with young people. A full driver's licence. A current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one. Knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori, including Te Reo Māori and Tikanga, or be open to learning about it.

2 - 3 years previous experience in youth work, social work, mental health, and addiction preferred. $55,000 to $60,000 Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. In this role, you need to have the right to work in New Zealand, either as a NZ citizen or permanent resident or by holding a valid work visa. You will also need to be able to meet the safety checking and police vetting requirements required under the Children's Act and pass a Drug and Alcohol test.