Current opportunities

  • Kaiārahi (closes Sunday 2 April 2023, or earlier if the right candidate is found)
  • Governing Board member



Our vision for Te Pā is a:

Living, thriving ecology of care that heals restores and transforms our people

Do you have passion and drive that go beyond a tick box response and can support Te Pā to achieve its mission “To whakakaha the cultural, social, economic and political imperatives of whānau”?

There are key reintegration pillars of positive aspiration and foundation-building that guide the direction of the Kaiārahi in their mahi.

Te Pā is committed to going the extra mile and working with our tangata and whānau to curb intergenerational incarceration and cultivate a safer community for all.

Our staff work within Te Pā’s philosophy, principles, practice, knowledge, and structures – based on Kaupapa Māori – through which we express our values of manaakitanga, whakapapa, wairuatanga, rangatiratanga, whanaungatanga and arohatanga.

About the role

You will be working with tangata who have returned from overseas or released from prison. The role is varied, supporting tangata with a one-size-fits-one approach, however, you can expect to support them with accommodation, education, training, reconnecting with whānau, and advocating for them navigating the system.

Due to the disconnection that many of our whānau experience due to deportation or incarceration, an important element of this role will be reconnecting them culturally. As such, advanced knowledge of tikanga and confidence in operating from a Te Ao Māori perspective will be highly beneficial.


  • A minimum requirement of a level 4 certificate, ideally in community services/whanau ora/education/mental health/social services. Consideration will also be given if you have a level 4 qualification in another field with transferable skills.
  • A pro-social approach to actively motivate and encourage others.
  • Commitment and understanding of Tikanga Māori cultural values, processes, and principles.
  • A sensitivity to cultural difference and protocols.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ethical boundaries.
  • High level of planning and organisational skills, coupled with the ability to adapt and be flexible.
  • Capacity to problem solve and work independently, organise own time and resources, and work well within a team environment.
  • High level of attention to detail, providing and recording accurate information.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy.
  • A current New Zealand (full) licence to drive a motor vehicle.


  • Experience working in Reintegration Services, Department of Corrections, or Justice Sector is desirable.
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Confidently relate to tangata.
  • Evidence of links with Iwi, Māori, and Pasifika community groups, and statutory organisations.

Benefits and culture

  • Supportive management and collaborative team.
  • Contribute to innovative and creative space.
  • Encouraged and supported in growth and development.
  • A fun team environment.

Direct Reporting

This position will report to the Service Manager.


This position will be based in Central Auckland.

If you would like further information about this role, please email your request to Jill Le Prou on

To apply for this role, please see our advertisement on SEEK.

Applications close on Sunday 19 February 2023 or earlier if the right candidate is found.



Governing board member

E ngā hāpori o Tāmaki whānui!

Tēnei rā te whakamōhio atu ki a koutou, kei te wātea ētahi tūranga kei runga i te Poari o Te Pā Incorporated . Pēnā kei a koe ngā puukenga, wawata, ki te mahi kōtahi ai, me te poari o Te Pā Inc nei, tēnā tukua mai tōu nei tono! Mauri Ora!



Te Pā Incorporated (formerly PARS Incorporated), is seeking to appoint a tangata whenua member to join its governing board.



Te Pā is a not-for-profit charitable incorporated society that responds to community needs and vulnerable whānau. Te Pā’s ecology of care has key focus areas that include reintegration, whānau resilience/manawaroa, mental health/haurora hinengaro, emotional health/hauora kare ā-roto, addictions/ngā piringa wara and whānau whai ora response.

We are a strength-based, Kaupapa Māori organisation that has expertise in the justice and corrections sectors to provide outcomes-focused services, and our ecology of care is delivered by dedicated teams that provide bespoke services that go far beyond a tick-box response.  

Our driving philosophy is supporting whānau to lead their own change and to be the rangatira they were destined to be.

We provide a wide range of specialist wraparound services, both stand-alone or in partnership with others; including housing, health and wellbeing, cultural identity, education, mentoring, resilience, employment and whānau ora. We are widely known for addressing the most difficult barriers, such as stigma, judgment, and lack of resources, that prevent tangata from successfully reintegrating into their whānau, hapū, iwi, community and New Zealand society.  In this way we directly contribute to reducing crime and re-offending.

We are a major employer with over 60+ staff with an annual turnover of $7m.  You can read our latest annual report on this page:



The over representation of Māori in the Justice system remains a significant concern for the board and we are committed to changing the life course trajectory for Māori either entering, in, or leaving the Justice system and the board have a crucial role to play in this journey. There is a committed partnership between Ngā Tangata Whenua and Ngā Tangata Tiriti on the Board to work together to bring about generational change for all Māori tangata in our care.



Te Pā is seeking a high calibre appointee who represents the interests of tangata whenua, in particular the wellbeing and future of ngā tangata and their whānau, by providing proactive advice and perspective on the delivery of Kaupapa Māori services to tangata Māori and whānau, and who will bring insight and understanding of the Māori community that Te Pā serves.

Members are expected to commit to reading papers, and attending and participating in 10-11 hui per year from 2.00pm – 5.00pm on a Monday at our offices in Mount Albert, Auckland.

In addition, there may be occasional requests made of members to participate in special meetings, provide advice to subcommittees, working groups, and/or attend special functions, such as AGM, launches of new services, and whakatau.

The term of appointment will be five years, which is renewable once. This is a remunerated position.  


We have an opportunity for one highly skilled tangata whenua member to join our governing board.

All candidates must have experience in one or more of the following areas to be considered, however our focus at this stage is a board member who has expertise in financial planning, budgeting and forecasting skills, and/or commercial business acumen.

  • Leadership in the Māori health sector , Mātauranga Māori and Kaupapa Māori Education
  • Law Expertise (with a particular focus on the unique position of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application at a governance level)
  • Strong connections with Iwi, Hāpu, and Māori hapori

The preferred candidates will also have experience in one or more of the following:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years governance experience
  • Knowledge of government and not-for-profit machinery and funding frameworks
  • Long-range visioning and strategic planning experience
  • Data analysis, technology, and insights knowledge
  • Health and safety
  • Employment and industry relations
  • Financial forecasting

The successful candidate will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  1. Write and tell us how you meet each of the criteria for appointment listed above .
  2. Provide us with a current CV.
  3. Provide us with your name and contact details, the names, titles and phone numbers of two referees, and your view of the potential for any conflict of interest based on your existing interests.
  4. Please submit your application to Jill Le Prou at or post to Board Appointments, Te Pā Inc, PO Box 108-104, Symonds Street, Auckland, 1150.

 If you would like to discuss your application, please email Tui Ah Loo, CEO Te Pā Incorporated on

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