Careers in

Pae Ora (Health)

A career in Pae Ora means providing health services in collaboration with external providers which include whānau, iwi, hapū, mana whenua and the health and disability system.

You will be making a difference for individuals, their whānau and the community every day.

Consider a career at Ara Poutama Aotearoa in Pae Ora and apply today.



Working in our nursing team offers many unique opportunities to develop and practise your skills, while making a meaningful difference in the lives of people in the corrections system.


Psychologists assess and provide treatment to those in prison or on community-based sentences. They may also help develop rehabilitation programmes, train programme facilitators, and conduct research.

Mental health specialist

Practitioners supporting the mental health of those in prison, with a focus on culturally informed practice and trauma informed care.

Other roles

We have a range of other roles across Pae Ora, including Social Workers, Counsellors, Māori Mental Health Practitioners, and more.

What we offer

Support for students and graduates

We offer a range of support programmes and opportunities for healthcare students and graduates

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Support for students and graduates

Our Nursing Entry to Practice programme offers the opportunity to gain clinical experience supported by preceptors (mentors), plus study a fully funded post graduate paper.

Find out more about the NETP

For aspiring psychologists we offer a range of pathways, including internships, a supervision to registration programme and a scholarship. 

Find out more about psychology pathways

Support for international applicants

Moving to the other side of the world is a big decision, which is why we do everything we can to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Support for international applicants

If you're considering moving to New Zealand to join us, we are an accredited employer and are able to support your visa application. Many of our health roles are also on Immigration New Zealand's green list, ensuring a clear, fast tracked pathway to residency in New Zealand.

Learn more about moving to New Zealand and what to consider 

Career progression and benefits

We support our team to grow, with financial assistance for study and a wide range of progression opportunities

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Career progression and benefits

From advisory positions to senior and specialist roles, there are plenty of opportunities to advance your career and explore different pathways. To support your development, we provide financial assistance and time off to attend internal training sessions, conferences, and study leave to complete qualifications.

Our stories

Pourewa shares her experiences working as a Kairuruku Hinengaro (Māori Mental Health Practitioner)

The unexpected benefits of nursing in prison

At a time when recruiting and retaining Registered Nursing staff is challenging across the health sector, Christchurch Men’s Prison (CMP) is seeing a number of nurses returning to work in…

Tai Aroha

Tai Aroha is a residential therapeutic programme based in Hamilton. Watch our chief psychologist, as well as a resident of Tai Aroha, share their thoughts and experiences with the programme.

A Boy Called Piano Documentary

Men in the Matapuna Special Treatment Unit had a lot to reflect on when watching the journey of Fa’amoana John Luafutu through state care and prison, in a special documentary screening.

“A highlight for me is seeing how even the smallest amount of change can make a significant difference to offenders.”

Sarah - Principal Psychologist

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