Pasifika Portfolio Manager

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care, we plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. And we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do. Because health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do.

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.


The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

The Planning and Funding Teams primary function is to determine how to best invest the funding we receive from the Government to meet the health needs of our population and provide effective planning, funding, development, procurement and delivery of health and disability services across the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs.

As the Pasifika Portfolio Manager you will have a strong focus on working collaboratively with Pasifika Futures the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency in developing health services with those who deliver them and be actively engaged in supporting the strategic direction of the Canterbury Health System and to achieve best outcomes for Pacific communities. This is a great opportunity to take a “whole of system” facilitation approach to your work, alongside our cross-sector teams through both health, and social care.  The vision for Pacific people in Canterbury is:

“Prosperous and Healthy Pacific Cantabrians”

You will be working in partnership with Pasifika Futures, the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families, to partner with Pacific families to shape a better future and achieve health and wellness. Families are at the core of our community and influence all that we do, and so working together with families, communities and partners to improve outcomes is a shared responsibility. The Canterbury DHB is working in a strategic partnership with Pasifika Futures, the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families, to jointly improve outcomes for Pacific families. We are doing this in partnership with Pacific families and communities in Canterbury by building the necessary capabilities in the areas of Knowledge, Engagement, Enablement and Performance to enable improved outcomes for Pacific families in Canterbury.  The evidence based Whanau Ora model puts the strengths and aspirations of Pacific families at the centre of design and implementation of programmes. This necessarily requires programmes and initiatives to be culturally specific, holistic and focussed on outcomes.

In addition to your role with Planning and Funding, you will provide leadership from the DHB in the development of Pacific knowledge and to develop services and co-investment opportunities in partnership with Pasifika Futures. You will provide support, and monitoring of innovative approaches to health by integrating health, behavioural and social care. An additional focus of the role will be to work with the Dean Pacific, Otago University to ensure coherence between University of Otago Pacific activities, Canterbury DHB and Pasifika Futures activities.

You will integrate with all portfolios and developments within the Planning and Funding team and support the financial and risk management processes of the Canterbury DHB. An important component of your role will be to monitor and report on contracted services against agreed expectations.

Skills & Experience

Our ideal candidate will have existing relationships across the Pasifika health and social services sector, or be able to quickly develop these relationships through familiarity with health frameworks and pacific cultural concepts. You will be comfortable with working in a complex, dynamic and fast paced environment and share a passion for making a difference to other people's lives. You will be flexible, proactive and consultative in your approach, confident in project/change management, and enjoy developing solutions to challenges facing Pacific families in Canterbury. 

What we need is creative, intelligent problem solvers who can walk into a room and build relationships, and who can add value through applying a Pacific lens and capability to all your work. So if this sounds like you and you want to join a passionate team who strive for service excellence, then we would really like to have you come and work with us.


Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star!

If this particular role isn’t for you, we do have other similar opportunities - please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

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Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 





Permanent/Full Time

Job no: 234437

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Friday 31st August