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Wellbeing Navigator

Job details

Home Ground
1 Oct 2021
Work type
Work classification
Community & Access Arts


Home Ground is a collaborative creativity and wellbeing initiative for women who have experienced incarceration or are engaged in the justice system.

Artists of different disciplines collaborate with women within prison and the community to create art projects that address the issues women and whānau face in the justice system. Previous projects have been supported by Creative New Zealand, the Department of Corrections, the Sonja Davies Peace Award, Heather and Brian Main and the Ministry for Women.

The initiative is divided into three projects – Tahi, Rua, and Toru, which are delivered in the Wellington community or Arohata Prison over a 12-month period. Each Home Ground project runs full time for three weeks, then one day a week for the following four weeks. Smaller 3 day projects, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH), are also beginning to be implemented, with three annual projects planned.

The projects use creative arts practice, such as theatre, photography, creative writing and music, as a non-threatening, strengths-based approach to self-empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing.

We have two projects left to run this year; Project Toru based both offline (in the Lower Hutt community and Arohata Prison Tawa) and online (through Google Classroom), and a 3 day MCH funded community project at the end of November (date and location to be confirmed).

Project Toru starts at the end of October and finishes mid-November. Ideally the person applying would be keen and ready to start work by then, with ongoing contractor work on all three of our yearly core projects. There are also extra hours available in Artist support and training work, and in our maintenance programme.


We want to find that magic person who understands the value of community connection, lived experience and the importance of creativity in wellbeing practice. It is a flexible role that we can shape to suit your strengths.

We are looking for a responsive practitioner to support the Home Ground people and programs in our practice and delivery. You will also be a lead facilitator, developing and designing trauma informed practice during our group projects. As a lead facilitator, the Wellbeing Navigator will closely work with the Home Ground Creative Director, Jacqui Moyes, as well as a handful of other core Home Ground staff should the need arise.

As a navigator, you must be able to demonstrate knowledge and application of Tikanga Māori and Pasifika values. You must be an outstanding communicator able to resolve conflicts and issues. If you also have a deep respect and capacity for creativity and wellbeing, and can inspire that in others, you are ideal for the role.

Hours: The hours are flexible, with the successful applicant hired as a contractor, but would be focused around the following projects/dates. There are also extra hours available in Artist support and training work, and in our maintenance programme which runs once a week for four weeks after a core project has finished.



● Proven work experience as a Counsellor, Social Worker or experience in

mental health and/or addictions sector

● Working knowledge of social theories and practices

● Knowledge and application of Tikanga Māori and Pasifika values

● Clear understanding of Te Whare Tapa Whā

● Understanding of the impact of trauma and trauma informed practice

● Experience in the justice system (lived or professional)

● Social perceptiveness and empathy

● Ability to build and maintain professional helping relationships

● Ability to relate and communicate with diverse population and groups

● Resilience, along with the ability to quickly and safely assess situations

● Interest in facilitation and group work

● Values relationships with other organisations

● Understand the importance of creative practice and wellbeing

● Know how to have fun, while maintaining boundaries.


For more information about Home Ground and the work we do, please visit our website and social media pages:


Fb: @HomeGroundPoneke

Ig: @home_ground_poneke


If you are interested, please get in touch!



How to apply

Email your CV and cover letter to Home Ground at


Written by

Praying Mantis Productions

16 Sep 2021

Praying Mantis Productions aims to empower communities through creative experiences, and activate social change as we create better lives for ourselves and future generations.