Careers at Fonua Ola

Working at Fonua Ola is both challenging and rewarding. We are focused on providing quality services to support Pacific children and families to cope in times of economic, social and cultural adversity. Our people play an important role in realising this vision, and are key to providing a quality, professional service that makes a difference to the lives of the communities we serve.

As an employer, Fonua Ola offers:

  • Professional development including training and career planning

  • A supportive team environment where practitioners work together to find innovative yet safe solutions that align with social practice and theory

  • Opportunities to interact with people from all backgrounds and make a positive difference to people’s lives

You are an ideal candidate for Fonua Ola if:
  • You are passionate about people and making a difference

  • You are interested in providing a professional, quality service

  • You are qualified and registered

  • You are fluent in a Pacific language

Social Workers may do some or all of the following:
  • Work to advance the well-being of children, young people, their families and communities

  • Link people with community resources such as benefits and accommodation

  • Talk with clients about their problems, and help them make decisions about these problems

  • Advise people on their rights and opportunities

  • Support people in crisis

  • Write reports and case notes

  • Advise on social problems



Clinical Team Member, Pasifika Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service

Are you a registered mental health and addictions clinician? Are you passionate about working with Pasifika people? Can you speak a Pasifika language?

Fonua Ola is expanding her services and the new role of Pasifika Wellbeing Practitioner is to provide assessment and intervention for primary mental health and addictions to address distress and build resilience for Pasifika peoples. You will be part of a brand new multi-disciplinary team of Pasifika Wellbeing Practitioners in the Hala Ora, Pasifika Wellbeing Service (Primary Mental Health and Addictions). The roles will also include managing a caseload of individuals, couples, families and also group work.


You must be able to work in a holistic service environment and be committed to continuous service delivery and improvement.


We are looking for a motivated and flexible Clinical Team member for our Hala Ora Pasifika Wellbeing Service team (Primary Mental Health and Addictions team) and are willing to consider both full-time and part-time applicants. 


Successful candidates will:

  • Be NZ registered health professionals in Mental Health and or Addictions with current annual practicing certificates.

  • Ideally have relevant post graduate study.

  • Have training in talking therapies e.g. CBT, MI, ACT, DBT, BSFT. 

  • Be able to use Pasifika frameworks, narratives and tools to improve wellbeing and connection to identity.

  • Have experience participating in service development initiatives.

  • Be experienced in running therapeutic groups.


The position is fixed term to 30 June 2023 and you will be supported in your role with a mobile phone and laptop, have your annual practicing certificate fees paid and be offered ongoing professional development.


If this sounds like you we'd like to meet you. Apply today! 


Closing Date

5pm Tuesday 03 August 2021

Apply on Seek at

and send us your Cover letter and CV.


For further details please contact:

Ailaoa Aoina

Mobile: 021 526 578