Kua tae te wā!


Everyday our team of 10,000 head to work to be part of life changing mahi.   Bring your skills and experience to our whānau and help create change. 

Kua tae te wā - the time is now.  Apply today, change tomorrow.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a values-led organsation that is responsible for the safe management of people in our facilities and the community on sentences and orders.

We're looking for new team members who can help support us with our kaupapa.  We'd love to hear from you if you're looking for mahi that

  • supports the positive change of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • is part of a strong team that provides support and manaaki
  • provides you secure and stable career with progression options
  • has a direct positive impact on your local community

Our people

We have a diverse range of careers - from officers to educators, psychologists to nurses, IT professionals to project specialists. 

Read stories from some of our team about their mahi and what drives them.

Hinemoa - Senior Practitioner

My name is Hinemoa Brown and I am a Senior Practitioner in the Provision of Advice to Court (PAC) team at Manukau Community Corrections.

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Tahmin - Corrections Officer

As-Salaam-Alaikum, everyone. My name is Tahmin Islam and I am a Corrections Officer at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo. I joined Ara Poutama Aotearoa at the beginning of 2020.

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Dayna - Nurse

Dayna Porter is a Nurse at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison and says it provides a rich and rewarding career for those that are willing to put their preconceived notions to the side.

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Rhys – Corrections Officer

After working in cash transit security, Rhys was looking for a change. A friend encouraged him to apply for a role as a corrections officer at Spring Hill Corrections Facility.

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Anmol - Clinical Psychologist

My day as a Clinical Psychologist with Ara Poutama Aotearoa includes working with our clients to complete risk assessments, assessment for treatment needs, writing reports for the New Zealand Parole Board and delivering therapy.

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Tintu - Clinical Team Leader

Kia ora, my name is Tintu Varghese and I hail from India. I work as a Clinical Team Leader at the Mount Eden Corrections Facility (MECF) Health Centre. My responsibilities include the day-to-day clinical leadership of the Health Centre Staff.

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Rhiannon – Senior Corrections Officer

Working as a tutor at a Kirikiriroa/Hamilton-based education provider, Rhiannon supported young people to improve their education, training and employment prospects. This gave her a good grounding and the skills needed for her role at Ara Poutama Aotearoa.

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Corinne - Residential Manager

Talofa lava everyone, my name is Corinne Ola and I am a Residential Manager at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility (ARWCF), overseeing three low-security units.

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Ashleigh - Probation Officer

Minister’s Excellence Award recipient Ashleigh Jackson-Lightfoot, has been a Probation Officer for three years. Based at North Shore Community Corrections in Auckland, Ashleigh received the Minister’s Excellence Award earlier this year.

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Scarlet - Clinical Team Leader

Magandang araw everyone. My name is Scarlet Gandola and I am originally from the Philippines. Like many other international nurses, I came to New Zealand to explore and expand my knowledge and skills in my profession as a registered nurse.

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Raviv - Community Work Supervisor

Community Work Supervisor Raviv was thrilled to see two men who had formerly served a community sentence now employed by the award winning Ōtūkaikino River restoration project.

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Margaret and Cassie - Nursing

Margaret is only the third nursing graduate to take part in the Nurse Entry to Practice programme at Invercargill Prison. Not long after her arrival, Margaret was joined by Cassie, her former educator and the new Health Centre Manager.

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Gary - Corrections Officer

Corrections Officer Gary, who is also a qualified bike mechanic, helps the men with training and support to ensure they are refurbished to a safe standard. The project started in 2016 and has since donated nearly 500 bikes back into the local community.

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