Shaping our mahi


 ‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi – There is only one purpose to our work; the wellness and wellbeing of people.’

This is the whakatauki that defines the focus of our mahi which delivers to the organisational strategy - Hōkai Rangi.  Hōkai Rangi represents the journey of Ara Poutama Aotearoa, the people in our care, and their whānau, to achieve their full potential.



While people are in our care we have an opportunity to work with them and their whānau to address negative behaviours, reduce reoffending, and break the intergenerational cycle of imprisonment.

The way forward is led through partnership with Māori and co-designed services – a new space, co-designed with whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori Māori, and focused on rehabilitation, support, whānau, whenua, and whakapapa.

We’re currently looking for individuals who bring a Te Ao Māori world view to their mahi and have experience in project and change management, service design and development, programme facilitation and delivery, and operational support functions.

Māori Strategy and Partnerships

Māori Strategy and Partnerships extend to areas of organisational strategy, governance, partnerships, risk management and other matters relating to the effective operation of the Department as a Treaty partner, and all aspects of the way it works with Māori. As a unified unit, they take an integrated approach to policy, service delivery and evaluation across the range of programmes and services in our organisation.

Service Design - Wellington

We have a number of roles within the Design and Implementation team, which is part of the Service Development group. Service Development is responsible for the Department’s policy, practice and service design capabilities, and providing expertise and support to our frontline staff. We'll be looking for Principal Design Advisor, Senior Design Advisor and Advisor to join our team.

Hawke's Bay Pathways

Hawke's Bay Pathways enable people to experience a kaupapa Māori and whānau-centered approach for all their time with Ara Poutama Aotearoa. Tāne who are under 30 and serving a two-to-five-year sentence, and their whānau, will be supported in their transition from the community to the prison.

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