Kaimātai Hinengaro

Psychologists (Kaimātai Hinengaro) assess and treat offenders who have a high risk of re-offending and who often present with complex psychological issues. Working both in the prison and in the community, they assess the individual needs and provide one-on-one or group treatment.

Kaimātai Hinengaro have a strong professional identity in the department. They report to psychologists and are supported by a National Office team led by our chief psychologist. They also  contribute to the quality of the rehabilitative programmes run by the department by undertaking research and supervising programmes.

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Psychologist v2
Skills we look for

 We are looking for people who:

  • are critical thinkers with the ability to assess information
  • are culturally responsive and good at communicating with a range of people
  • have the ability to motivate others and are engaging
  • have strong interpersonal skills
  • are natural problem solvers and have an interest in helping others
What we can offer
  • A 40-hour working week, usually Monday to Friday
  • Salary ranging from $60,074 - $112,657
  • Five weeks’ holiday annually
  • Initial learning pathway of one week at Ara Tika (induction in Wellington)
What you need
  • Minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology and ability to register with the New Zealand Psychologist Board (ideally in Clinical, Forensic or Counselling scope)
  • Full New Zealand or International Driver Licence
  • Ability to pass a drug test
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A highlight for me is seeing how even the smallest amount of change can make a significant difference to an offender.

Inga - Psychologist
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