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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Category: Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Location: Multiple Locations
  • Date Advertised: 13-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: APA/1489144
  • Job Title: Psychologist
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Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi’  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.’

Do you…

  • Thrive on new challenges?
  • Want your work to be rewarding and make a real difference?
  • Enjoy working with a diverse client group?
  • Want to develop a wide range of valuable clinical skills?
  • Want to be part of a skilled, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team?

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join a supportive, experienced and dynamic team, engaged in demanding and rewarding work. You will develop and use your clinical expertise to motivate and empower people make positive changes in their lives, address a range of needs and make your community safer.

Our psychologists work across prisons and Community Corrections undertaking a wide range of tasks including: 

  • Clinical assessments and treatment of a broad range of needs
  • Providing clinical supervision
  • Provide psychological advice to other professionals
  • Provide group therapy

There are five Psychologist teams in the Lower North Region, each offering unique opportunities.  These are based in Wellington, Upper Hutt, Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North.

Upper Hutt/Wellington

We are looking for Registered Psychologists to join our passionate and supportive teams in our Upper Hutt and Wellington offices based in Trentham, Upper Hutt next to Rimutaka Prison and Wellington City Centre, most of our time is spent between Community Corrections Offices within the Greater Wellington region and Wellington area Prisons.  Our teams provide a broad range of clinical experience through assessment, group and individual treatment and case consultation with men, women and Youth (under 25s).

Being based on site with our community corrections colleagues builds positive relationships and promotes clinical leadership for the psychologists in the team. In addition, the team supports clients with some of the highest risk and most complex needs who are supported within specialist accommodation; including a newly established under 25s unit at Rimutaka Prison with a significant focus on supporting them transition back to their Whanau through a multi disciplinary team approach.

Hawkes Bay – Be part of our Māori Pathways Programme delivering better outcomes for those in our care.

The Hastings Psychologist Office is a stand alone office in a rural setting close to Hawkes Bay Regional Prison.  It is a place you can bring your passion and commitment to changing lives to Hawkes Bay where we are making Ara Poutama Aotearoa’s Hōkai Rangi vision a reality.   Through the Hōkai Rangi strategy and the Hōkai Nuku change programme we are endeavouring to deliver better outcomes for the people in our care. 

Providing services to the prison which has circa 800 people in our care. This prison has two units with a significant Tikanga Maori focus, one high security, one low security. The prison also has one of the three Youth units in the country and has two Drug Treatment Units. Our service to the prison includes higher level reports to the Parole Board and occasionally the Court. The bulk of work on this site is prison assessment and treatment and this office places significant emphasis on psychological intervention with people in our care.

We also provide service to five Community Corrections sites, namely Hastings, Napier, Flaxmere, Wairoa and Gisborne. Typically work in these sites is the assessment and treatment of clients, again with an emphasis on treatment. We also provide a strong consultative role in Community Corrections sites supporting our probation colleagues in the management of high risk offenders.

In general, our work is on a one to one basis although occasionally we have run groups in a community setting for youth and women working alongside programme facilitators.

Palmerston North – an opportunity to work in a diverse region

We have an exciting opportunity for Psychologists to join our team based in Palmerston North.

You will work as part of a team that spreads across two men’s prisons and eight Community Corrections sites (working with both men and women) throughout the districts.

This is a flexible, and family friendly team where you will have the opportunity to work alongside a talented team of Clinical Psychologists who are extremely passionate about their work, you will be working with high and complex needs clients for assessment and to provide therapy.

Whichever office is the best fit for you, we will provide you with;

  • a highly competitive salary
  • ongoing support and training
  • career advancement
  • opportunities to gain experience across each of these teams.

Please note that applicants must hold registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and will be required to complete a full disclosure criminal history check and pre-employment drug tests.

Find out more about working in the role of Psychologist with the Department of Corrections – follow the link:

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy – Hōkai Rangi (

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.


Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role. 

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at