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Regional Cultural Advisor Pacific Tonga

Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
No Longer Available


Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Permanent Full Time Opportunity
  • The Regional Pacific Cultural Advisor role are ethnic specific
  • The role will work across Tamaki Makaurau and is Ellerslie based
  • Remuneration starting from $87,795 - $97,105 based on experience


Ko hai kimautolu | About us

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

Our vision is to ensure New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a child. We are also committed to ensuring Oranga Tamariki partners with hapū, iwi and Māori organisations to find appropriate solutions for tamariki in need.

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children has a commitment of putting children first, we believe aroha is vital, we respect the mana of people, we are tika and pono, we value whakapapa and we recognise that oranga is a journey. 

Ngaahi fakamatal 'oe ngaue | About the role

The purpose of the Regional Pacific Cultural Advisor role is to provide high level cultural support, advice and guidance to Oranga Tamariki practitioners(s) in the interest of achieving positive experiences and outcomes for Pacific tamaiti, ānau, and kāinga.


The Regional Pacific Cultural Advisor will work closely with Pacific communities and service providers to strengthen relationships and maximise practitioner capability.  This role will work in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki practitioner(s) to enable good decision making for the safety and well-being of Pacific tamaiti and ānau by identifying key people in the wider kāinga to ensure they are involved from the earliest opportunity in the decision-making process, and where relevant, can provide care options for Pacific tamaiti.


The Regional Pacific Cultural Advisor will ensure Pacific tamaiti and ānau cultural identities are respected, needs identified, and they are connected to wider kainga; Pacific communities, and people of significance to them. Cultural capital, coupled with practice and knowledge and experience, will enable the Regional Pacific Cultural Advisor to support Oranga Tamariki practitioners and Pacific tamaiti, ānau and kāinga to navigate through Community and Statutory systems.


Ko e ngaahi me'a 'eni keke ma'u | What you will bring 

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant practical experience is required
  • A Social Work qualification recognised by the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) is desired,
  • A clean, current full driver's licence is essential and a willingness to drive the Ministry's vehicles.
  • Sound understanding and knowledge of one or more Pacific cultures, protocols and traditions; a Pasifika culture and language.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of the aspirations and needs of Pacific peoples including evidence of involvement in Pacific peoples communities and networks
  • Well established connections and relationships within the Pacific communities
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences and build and maintain rapport with others.
  • Highly developed organisational skills
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Strong commitment to attaining goals
  • Strong problem resolution and decision-making skills


Ko e hᾱ 'oku 'iai ma'au | What's in it for you

Oranga Tamariki offer an impartial remuneration package, that offers progression annually for experience through tenure. Annual remuneration for this position starts between $87,795 - $97,105 dependant on experience. We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi. 

To see all the benefits of working for Oranga Tamariki, please visit


Ko e founga tohi kole| How to Apply

Apply online with your CV and Covering Letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please ensure you apply with a log in using your Oranga Tamariki email address.

 If you have any questions about role, please contact


Hurry as applications for this role close on 1st December 2023

If you are interested in any of our vacancies, please ensure that you make yourself familiar with our code of conduct as it sets out our expectations for our kaimahi and requires you to present at work free from the influences of both drugs and alcohol."