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Psychologists (Clinical/Forensic) - Nationwide

Ara Poutama Aotearoa (Department of Corrections)
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 Psychologists (Clinical/Forensic) - Nationwide

Hōkai Rangi is Ara Poutama Aotearoa's organisational strategy for the next 5 years. It recognises and builds on the good work we are already doing, however, it also looks to find new and alternative ways to achieve better outcomes for the people in our care and their whānau which will result in reduced reoffending.

A key focus of Hōkai Rangi is the humanising and healing of those people in our care and management.  Ara Poutama Aotearoa staff will focus on having relationships with these people, and their whānau, that are based on manaaki and contribute positively to their wellbeing.

As an organisation we value our Psychologists. We employ approximately 180 Psychologists, in both National Office and across New Zealand. Our Psychologists have a strong professional identity and they have an opportunity to make a difference not only with offenders but help shape policy, design and development of practice, programmes and interventions. 

Psychologists in the Community:

Our Psychologists work with people in our care in prison and the community, providing clinical services targeted to assist offenders develop skills to reduce re-offending.   Specifically our psychologists undertake clinical assessments and treatment in prison and in the community, provide supervision, advice and training within Corrections and allied agencies, monitor the integrity of rehabilitation programmes, and participate in service and research initiatives.

Psychologists in National Office, Wellington

Psychologists can work within the Chief Psychologist's team focusing on National practice, ensuring the service evolves, is consistent and aligned to best practice. These roles offer the opportunity to influence practice nationally coupled with offering the platform to broaden the skills of the practitioner. 

Other opportunities exist within programmes and interventions – focusing on design of programmes. The team is involved with a diverse portfolio of rehabilitation programmes and interventions for men, women, and youth serving community or prison based sentences. The objective of this work is to help offenders make positive changes and lead law-abiding lives, which in turn will contribute to a reduction in reoffending and create safer communities. 

The team is tasked to develop best practice guidelines, programmes, integrity monitoring processes, and training for psychologists in the field. Successful applicants for National Office positions will have extensive experience as senior clinicians having worked in the New Zealand criminal justice field previously.

We currently have vacancies across New Zealand and we offer you fantastic opportunities to use your clinical expertise and provide professional expertise and leadership in a diverse social service environment.

We welcome applications from Psychologists who possess:

  • A minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology (Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology)
  • The ability to register with the NZ Psychologist board in the clinical/general scope of practice. Check your eligibility via this link:
  • Excellent problem solving capability, coupled with a desire to work in a culturally responsive manner with particular focus on Maori.

In return we can offer you:

  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring
  • A competitive salary and structured advancement opportunities
  • Commitment to professional development and clinical supervision
  • The ability to influence policy and enjoy stimulating research projects


To register your interest please submit a covering letter and your CV and we will be back in touch with you to discuss opportunities and how we can best assist you.

All applications must be submitted online via our recruitment system. This can be done by clicking on the ‘Begin' button below to start your application. 

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About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time 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.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

** Notice about COVID-19 **

We are part of the group of essential organisations that provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.

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