Support Workers – Complex Supports, Nelson/Tasman

Live Life Disability Support

Vision: Supporting people to live well

  • Do you connect well with children (tamariki), youth (rangitahi) and adults (pakeke)?
  • Can you focus on the ability and not the disability?
  • Can you look at a caterpillar and see the beauty ready to spread its wings?
  • Can you think outside the square?
  • Can you understand the need to maintain professional boundaries?
  • Can you follow instructions and stick to the plan and be a great team player?

If so, then you must be who we are looking for! We already know you treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect because you understand the principles of inclusion and equality. We can tell you are genuinely interested in working in the disability sector and we hope to speak with you!

So, when we are talking about disability – what does this mean? You could work with a person who has an intellectual and/or physical impairment, brain injury, alcohol related dementia and other conditions such as Huntington’s or multiple sclerosis.

N.B. Disability Support Services are part of Health New Zealand l Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough; however, we are not a medical/clinical service.  We are a community-based disability support service focused on quality of life Enabling Good Lives Principles. 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki ēnei mahi (About these positions)

We usually work on a fixed fortnightly roster pattern and try to give everyone at least one weekend per fortnight off although this is not always possible.  We have permanent full-time, part time, flexi, casual, sleepovers (attached to afternoon shifts) and awake roles available for you to apply for. 

Your hourly rate will be $23.15 to $28.25 (from 1 April 24) dependent upon your qualifications as recognised under the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017. 

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We’re looking for people who:

  • Have a sense of humour, energy and enthusiasm
  • Are patient and kind, friendly and helpful
  • Have good social skills and the ability to relate well to others
  • Have the ability to understand non-verbal behaviours
  • Have good written and spoken language skills in English and/or Te Reo.
  • Have basic maths and computing knowledge
  • Have confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • Have a current full NZ driver’s licence (confident driving both automatic and manual vehicles).
  • Have NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2 to 4) or equivalent (preferred), or the willingness to complete this level of study in the workplace. 

International applicants must have a valid visa to work in New Zealand, at the time of applying.

Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks - you must declare any convictions and/or pending charges on your application form. This will include checks under the Children Act 2014 and may include CYRAS Vetting via Oranga Tamariki for some roles.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03-539 5746.

Apply now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form. 


Applications close: Open until filled.

Health NZ lTe Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

Apply now

Casual, Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part time

Job no: N24-LLDS-Complex-Mar

Location: Tasman Community, Nelson Community

Closing Date: Open until filled