Psychologist – Palmerston North

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    4 months ago
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  • Category: Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Location: Manawatu-Whanganui
  • Date Advertised: 18-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: APA/1503771A
  • Job Title: Psychologist – Palmerston North
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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.

About the role | Mō te tūnga

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 site (working with both men and women) throughout the districts of Manawatu, Horowhenua and Whanganui.

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.

This professional role calls for someone who:

  • Is reliable with strong communication skills
  • Has a minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology and registration with the NZ Psychologist Board
  • Is an excellent problem solver who can work across cultures 

In return we can offer you:

  • A connection within a vibrant supportive team culture
  • A competitive salary and structured advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to professional development and clinical supervision
  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring
  • Flexible working conditions

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. 

The position is salaried from $74,604-$117,300 depending on the experience and competency level of the successful applicants.

Why Corrections?

As a psychologist with the Department of Corrections you will have the opportunity to expore the country while also providing clinical risk assessments and treatment for people who have offended working in both prison and community settings. You may also have the opportunity to be involved in research work in the context of the scientist/practitioner model. Read more here

At Corrections our goal is to reduce re-offending. With the position of psychologist playing a key role in this, you can be a part of this.

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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