Psychologist – Karaka Special Treatment Unit

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Location: Waikato
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: APA/1510632
  • Job Title: Psychologist – Karaka Special Treatment Unit
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  • Summary:
  • Based at Waikeria Prison
  • Opportunity to work in a theraputic community of change
  • Competitive salary 

About the role | Mō te tūnga

Hōkai Rangi is Ara Poutama Aotearoa’s organisational strategy.  A key focus of Hōkai Rangi is the humanising and healing of those people in our care.  Ara Poutama Aotearoa staff focus on having relationships with these people, and their whānau, that are based on manaaki and contribute positively to their wellbeing.  As part of our strategy, you will directly contribute to our commitment to do better for Maori in our care.

Karaka Special Treatment Unit (STU) is a dedicated “community of change” based at Waikeria Prison, renowned for its success in supporting the rehabilitation of people in our care who have a history of high-risk and violent offending. Our psychologically based therapeutic programmes have been recognised as having a significant and positive impact in our quest to reduce reoffending.


About you | Mōu

As a Psychologist located in Karaka STU, you will be facilitating an intensive group programme within a therapeutic community designed to reduce the offending rates of people in our care who are assessed as having significant rehabilitation needs. You will also provide clinical and risk assessments, advice, supervision, and training to other Corrections staff and may be involved in research work in the context of the scientist/practitioner model.


We are looking for a Psychologist who:

  • Is reliable with strong communication skills (verbal & written)
  • Has a minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology
  • Holds registration or is able to obtain registration with the NZ Psychologist board.
  • Is able to demonstrate and commit to culturally responsive ways of working 


Some of the benefits we can offer you in return are :

  • A cohesive and well-established team
  • A competitive salary and structured advancement opportunities
  • Psychological Services are committed to providing service in a culturally appropriate manner and the Department of Corrections provides regular cultural supervision
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and clinical supervision
  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring

If this sounds like you, visit our website and apply now!!

Or to find out more about this exciting opportunity, you can contact Teejay Halliday, Manager Psychological Services via email;

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 (


Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success – we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

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.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at