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Would you like to walk

Beside whānau on the path to financial wellbeing

You will need critical thinking and problem-solving skills,
must be an active listener, without judgEment,
and have heart for people.

Moni Ora, a small professional team

We are a small professional team that works together to support people who want help with personal budgeting.

We use strength-based principles to build moni mana and resilience throughout the Tairāwhiti region. 

Working as a team, we each have our core roles with overlapping responsibilities to cover operations from the front desk to the back office and throughout the region. Cases are often complex and intense but ultimately satisfying to see people achieving goals and getting ahead. 

We are looking for 2 people to join our team to fill Financial Mentor and Office Assistant roles. Both these roles are 30 hours per week and will be working directly to support incoming inquiries. 


Financial Mentor 

  • Financial Mentor – Supporting people with their personal budgeting, including debt management, negotiation, and advocacy. Supporting clients to get the help they need to address any wider issues causing concern.

  • MoneyMates – Bespoke courses to build financial knowledge, confidence, and resilience


Office Assistant

  • Front desk– First point of contact for incoming inquiries and support to client inquiries to identify needs and provide crisis support if needed.

  • Office Support – Support our team as a receptionist including pre-engagement support and follow-up with clientele. Performing administrative and routine clerical tasks, including organising and managing files and assisting with the maintenance of the service’s database.

Not for the faint-hearted!

The attributes and skills required for both roles are similar. Both will need interpersonal skills and good attention to detail, that's a must! It is essential that anyone applying to join the Moni Ora team must have the desire to help people with their personal budgeting to clear debt and get control of their money.

You must have a passion for what we do!

Applicants for the Financial Mentor role will not necessarily have prior experience in an office setting, whereas those applying for the Office Assistant role will.


Being able to work with all people however they present is a must. Moni Ora welcomes everyone.

You will need to be able to extend manaakitanga to incoming inquiries, be professional, and have a high degree of attention to detail and discretion. 

Having knowledge of our local communities is preferred, and an understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is essential. 


To be on our team you will need to have a heart for people, ears to hear their stories and be able to maintain confidentially. You'll need to be 

  • an active listener

  • positive and non-judgemental

  • capable in numeracy and literacy

  • able to build relationships and motivate people to make positive changes in their lives, and 

  • able to build networks to develop referral pathways

Experience in the social sector is a bonus although it is not necessary to have formal qualifications. You will need to be competent in household budgeting, have common sense, and be able to pass a police clearance check.

Along with people skills you will need to have good literacy, numeracy, and computer competency.  

Computer competency is a must to work in Microsoft Excel and Word and the Google equivalents. Must be able to input data accurately and maintain case notes. 

Again, the difference between the roles is Office Assistant applicants will need experience in an office setting in reception and administrative roles, whereas the Financial Mentor applicant may have little or no office experience but is looking for a change in work-life direction that is in line with the work of Moni Ora.  


Initial on-the-job training and ongoing professional development are provided.

Successful applicants must complete a 12-module introductory course. 

For the Financial Mentor role, this introductory course will be followed by a provisional period of working with clients under supervision to achieve qualification as a Financial Mentor. 

  • Receive initial training and ongoing professional development

  • Free mental health and wellbeing services through EAP

  • Work in a supportive environment

  • Support to obtain Level 4 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing 

  • Contribute real value to your community

  • Help people, families, and whānau struggling with debt to reduce stress and become independent 

  • Support people, families, and whānau to develop action plans to achieve their goals and aspirations 

Applications close Friday 21 April 2023

If this sounds like you, please register your interest early as we would like to fill vacancies as soon as we can.


Register your interest by delivering your cover letter and CV to 48 Cobden Street, Gisborne.

Mana is expressed through tino rangatiratanga

Status/Honour is expressed through self-determination

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