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Our Purpose

Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi

There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people

Our values

Our Priorities

Partnership and leadership

We will lead through best-practice Crown–Māori relations and have authentic shared decision-making at key levels – and design that with Māori. This will include the way it supports and delivers a holistic, integrated, sector-wide response.

Humanising and healing

We will be a values led organisation. Our staff will treat those in our care and management with respect, upholding their mana and dignity. No-one will be further harmed or traumatised by their experiences with us. Upon release, the support they have received will leave them equipped with the skills, self-respect, and resilience to live healthy and sustainable lives, and not return to the justice system. We will continue to support them through their transition back into the community.

Whānau

Where they are willing, whānau will be supported to walk alongside Māori in our care and management on their rehabilitation and reintegration journey. These whānau will be supported in this by our staff. We will proactively communicate with whānau Māori, involve them, and keep them close and connected to those in our care and management. We will streamline communication processes so whānau can contact those in our care.

Foundations for participation

To lead a healthy and sustainable life, people in our care and management and their whānau need to have their basic needs met and the relevant tools for full participation in society. Prior to release, those in our care will receive the support they require.

Incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview

Access to culture is a fundamental right, not a privilege, regardless of a person’s circumstances such as security classification, behaviour, gang affiliation, gender or therapeutic needs. We must prioritise, embed, and protect mātauranga Māori to innovate and improve what we do. We will keep what currently works, but kaupapa Māori-based approaches will be the foundation of our practice, processes, and pathways.

Whakapapa

We recognise that whakapapa can be the beginning of healing and wellbeing. Ara Poutama Aotearoa will create a safe environment for Māori to share and/ or learn about their identity. We will proactively enable Māori in our care and management to strengthen and/ or maintain their cultural identity, their connection to people and place, and their sense of belonging.

What we can offer

Competitive salaries

With opportunities for career progression.

Wellbeing & support

Access to Employee assistance programme - a professional counselling service.

Study

Support to complete long-term work-related qualifications.

Equal employment opportunities

We aim to provide a safe, supportive and responsive environment.

Union representation

Collective bargaining with a positive and proactive relationship with our unions.

Health & wellness

Health checks, vaccinations, eye wear, discounted health & personal insurance.

Banking & Superannuation

Access a range of banking and superannuation packages.

Retail Discounts

Discounts with Macpac, Microsoft and on eBikes.

Cultural responsiveness

Building partnerships, being responsive, and being effective for Māori.

Competitive salaries

With opportunities for career progression.

Wellbeing & support

Access to Employee assistance programme - a professional counselling service.

Study

Support to complete long-term work-related qualifications.

Equal employment opportunities

We aim to provide a safe, supportive and responsive environment.

Union representation

Collective bargaining with a positive and proactive relationship with our unions.

Health & wellness

Health checks, vaccinations, eye wear, discounted health & personal insurance.

Banking & Superannuation

Access a range of banking and superannuation packages.

Retail Discounts

Discounts with Macpac, Microsoft and on eBikes.

Cultural responsiveness

Building partnerships, being responsive, and being effective for Māori.

How we hire