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Position Title: Pou Whakatere
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE - 40 hours per week
Date Posted: 18/11/2020
Application Closing Date: 20/12/2020 11PM
Job #: 064037
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Pou Whakatere
Public Health Service, Dunedin or Invercargill

  • 1.0 FTE permanent position

About the Team
As a Public Health Service, we are undergoing an exciting transformational change working collaboratively with our partners and using health in all policies approaches, addressing the determinants of health, reducing inequities and improving the health and wellbeing of our southern communities where they live, learn, work and play.  

We are committed to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and actively engaging with our Treaty partner Kāi Tahu, the wider Māori community and stakeholders. As part of the service change, we have a created a new role – Pou Whakatere – which is part of the new service leadership team.  

About the opportunity 
Ko te Pou Whakatere
Kimihia, tirohia kei whea te taunga o te Titiwaitori,
Kia whakatauki te manu Tui, tuia, tuia i te puaotanga.
Ka puta ki te ao marama, hui e, taiki e.
Ko te mihi tēnei ki te hunga kaitiaki o te waka o Māui,
Ko Ngai Tahu, ko Ngāti Mamoe, ko Waitaha, tena ra koutou
Mā wai e whakaurungi atu i te waka o te hauora?
He karanga atu ki te nuinga, he tūranga hou, he tūranga motuhake, he tūranga Māori.
Ko te Pou Whakatere.

About you
As Pou Whakatere, you will bring your strategic thinking and ability to enable transformational change to the role. You will be able to analyse and develop and drive strategic approaches within the service to embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and an equity focus in all our programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of Māori and their whānau.

Your relationships with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, its constituent papatipu rūnaka and key Māori stakeholders will be critical to enable the service to develop strategic collaborative relationships. You will be competent in Te Tikaka me ōna kawa o Kāi Tahu and Te Reo Māori.

Working with the Chief Māori Health Strategy and Improvement Officer you will develop a recruitment strategy and workforce development plan to actively improve cultural safety practices of public health staff and increase Māori workforce within the service.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification in public health and be experienced in programme planning methodology and evaluation to demonstrate the impact and outcomes of our work.  

You will be highly motivated, innovative and able to work independently. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, have good facilitation skills and an ability to prepare strategic reports and plans. You will be skilled at using the Microsoft suite and MS Teams.

Due to the ongoing service wide Public Health Covid19 response, a proven ability to work under pressure is essential.

Travel around the district will be required; a full driver’s licence is essential.

Why Southern?
Southern offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand’s most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sounds to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours.

Sounds too good to be true? 

Rest assured, you can have it all here. Why not come see for yourself!

Closing Date: Sunday, 20 December 2020
Please note
we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time. If you’re interested, don’t delay applying! 

For further information please contact Jan Strachan, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email:

Children’s Act 2014
Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment
In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for. 

How to Apply  
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