Pou Whakaaro is an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation which sits at the cutting edge of values-based mental illness and disability services.

You can view our current vacancies and apply for jobs online. If we don’t have a job available that suits you but you are interested in working with us, please keep an eye out on Seek and Trade me for future vacancies. 

What it’s like to work here

  • We’re a highly diverse team of people from all walks of life, and we each bring our own experiences, skills, knowledge and expertise. We celebrate and really value that ‘mix’.

  • While we specialise in different areas, we are all linked by our shared vision – to provide the best community based support.

  • You’ll have ongoing opportunities to learn new skills, and to develop and grow personally and professionally.

  • We look out for each other, and Health and Safety really does matter.

  • We have a good time because we’re all in this for the same reason – together we’re supporting people of every age, with different needs in the community.


We do not have any current vacancies. However, if you have any relevant qualifications or experience and are interested in working for Pou Whakaaro we do have some volunteer opportunities available. 


Full time - 30 to 37.5 hours per week

We are seeking a Peer Support & Advocacy Worker. 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 involves walking alongside people to:

  • Enhance their existing support networks and develop new ones

  • Achieve their goals through one to one support and group facilitation

  • Ensure their voice is heard

You will have these skills/qualifications:

  • Have a lived experience of mental illness

  • Have your own recovery well maintained

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Be able to model and promote recovery

  • Encourage social inclusion

  • Have 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


The role is 30 to 37.5 hours per week.

An understanding of Te Reo and tikanga would be an advantage, as would a recognised qualification in Peer Support (Level 4) or willing to undertake training. You will need to hold a current and clean full driver license and have legal entitlement to work in NZ.


You will need to be able to hit the ground running! So if you have had prior experience working within the mental health sector we strongly encourage you to apply.

For more information about the position contact Tangi on 308 9430.


Applications close at 4 pm on the Friday 21 February 2020.  

Pou Whakaaro | Mental Health & Disability Support

40 Te Tahi Street, Whakatane | 07 308 8170  |