Date advertised:  21 Nov 2023
Job Type:  Fixed Term

Christchurch, NZ

Help shape the future of Education


He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes


At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.


We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.


We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose.


So that we:


  • Take practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Give priority to regional and local voice.
  • Deliver greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improve feedback loops and information flows.


Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for our ākonga in our education system.


Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role


This role is fixed term, part time 0.5 FTE through to 01 November 2024.


As Te Kahu Tōī IWS Psychologist you will work as part of a team to understand the needs of the young person and family and implement evidence-based interventions in your areas of expertise. As part of a wraparound team, you will provide guidance and support to the team, working collaboratively with the child/young person, parents/caregivers and family/whānau, schools, agencies and local communities.


Specifically, you will:


  • Identify patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing, and behaviour.
  • Contribute to strength-based, collaborative, team decision-making processes to meet the young person's underlying needs.
  • Provide ongoing, individualised and dynamic psychological assessment and intervention.
  • Support all those around the child to use evidence informed practice.


For more information on this position, please read through the job description here.


Salary range based on a full-time role: $89,928.00 to $117,928.00 + 3% kiwi saver. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


We also offer:


  • Flexible working arrangements where everyone feels valued & supported.
  • The ability to purchase extra days leave.
  • A range of employee network groups.
  • An inclusive environment that encourages your personal cultural competency journey.
  • Development and learning, including mentorship programmes and internal secondments.
  • Wellness initiatives to support your overall health and wellbeing.


Mōhou ake | About you


We are looking for:


  • A New Zealand Registered Psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act who holds a current practicing certificate.
  • Ability to contribute your specialist skills within multi-agency, trans-disciplinary settings with the child/youth at the centre of everything you do.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families, teachers and other professionals across a diverse range of settings.
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
  • Full driver’s license.


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team


Te Kahu Tōī Intensive Wraparound Service is a service that provides comprehensive, evidence-based interventions to support children/young people with challenging behaviour, socio-emotional difficulties and complex learning needs across a range of contexts.


The priority for these plans is for the child/youth to achieve success at home, school and in their local community. For information about Te Kahu Tōi Intensive Wraparound Service please refer to video case studies and outcomes of the Intensive Wraparound Service by clicking here.


Our specialists tell us they value:


  • “The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whānau and contribute to system wide change is a huge plus”.
  • “The Ministry offers a strong community of practice and the support of a large organisation, so I never feel isolated or alone”.
  • “I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking”.


Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?


If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button. In your cover letter we’d like to know about you, your values, or anything else you’d like to share. We’re keen to understand your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.


For further information, please contact Lynette Browne: Service Manager for Canterbury Te Kahu Tōī: Intensive Wraparound Service at 03 3787394 or email:


Applications close Midnight – Sunday 03 December 2023


We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities and have a sense of belonging. If you require assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process, please let us know.