Job Vacancy- Administrator


30 hours a week

The Otago University Childcare Association is a non profit community based organisation that operates five early childhood services on the University Campus.  Our priority is provision of top quality early childhood education for children of staff and students attending the University of Otago.

We employ approximately 50 staff who are highly committed to providing all 190 children and their families with supportive education and care.  The person we are looking for is able to work in a busy environment where relationships with families and staff are a priority, is highly organised and pays attention to detail.

Experience in all or some of the following is required:


Info care


Website updating

ICT support

Applications close 15th September 2017

Contact Karen Hurst for a job description –
Please apply through Seek

Job Vacancy: Community Worker – Accommodation Services

Community Worker- Accommodation Services

20 hours per week

Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society (Otago) is based in Dunedin and provides reintegration support to prisoners on their release from prison. A large component of this work involves access to accommodation. We have a new position available for a part-time community worker to join our small but extremely passionate team. The role will focus on supporting people referred to PARS to access our accommodation services and assist them in managing any immediate needs. Clients will also be supported in securing long term sustainable accommodation of their own. The position is 20 hours pw and will be spread over 5 days (Monday to Friday at this stage).

The person we are seeking will possess the following attributes and skills:

  • Non-judgemental attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Empathy for the people we support and the challenges they face.
  • Able to manage assigned work in an organised and task oriented manner.
  • Able to contribute to a team based approach to support.
  • Strong relationship management and networking skills.
  • Good computer skills- particularly Microsoft Office.
  • Current New Zealand Drivers Licence (with no driving convictions).

The following would be desirable although not essential (you will be very well supported in learning what you need to do the job!):

  • Previous experience supporting people in the community.
  • Good knowledge of resources available in the community.
  • A qualification in social services or supporting people
  • An understanding of solution and outcome focused support.
  • Practical experience of risk management and safe personal practice.

For a Position Description please email

Applications with your CV and a cover letter should be emailed to the above address or posted to PO Box 763, Dunedin 9054 no later than 4pm, Friday 22 September 2017.

Pre-Election forum: Child Poverty Podcast

CPAG, PHA, ANZASW and Connect South co-hosted a General Election Forum on Child Poverty this week.

You can now listen to the whole thing online. We edited out interruptions. You can watch a TV news item below and read the ODT article about it here.

We asked three questions:

  1. All children need safe and healthy homes. What plans does your party have to address housing affordability and availability for low-income households?
  2. Do you think benefits and working for families tax credits should be indexed to median wages as superannuation is? If not, why not?
  3. Health begins where we live, learn, work and play.  What do you see as the most important actions you will take to enable healthy childhoods rather than simply fixing problems that arise?

Answering questions (in this order) were:

  • Green: Metiria Turei
  • Labour Party: Clare Curran
  • National Party: Paul Foster-Bell
  • NZ First: Warren Voight
  • Opportunities Party:Lindsay Smith

The other voice is Connect South and PHA Otago and Southland’s own Rob Tigeir.

Podcast Link: