15 Jan 2022

Full-Time Kaitakawaenga

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationHuinga, Taranaki, New Zealand


Job Description

  • Permanent, full-time

Help shape the future of education

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.

We help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by doing the following:

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti ;o Waitangi
  • Giving priority to regional and local voice
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Gro up in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click here.

Mō tēnei tūranga – About this role

As a Kaitakawaenga you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by doing the following:

  • Working proactively with Māori tamariki, mokopuna and their whānau, hapū and iwi, educators and Learning Support colleagues to identify and eliminate barriers to access to learning support services for Māori students with learning support needs
  • Working with and alongside adults to develop appropriate communications, consultation and co-operation to promote a well-learning lifestyle for tamariki and rangatahi Māori requiring additional quality supports across all education settings
  • Addressing key outcomes for whānau, plan meetings with educators, Ministry specialist staff and agencies
  • Integrating Te Ao Māori with subject matter experts to endorse and strengthen cultural solutions for the learner and whānau
  • Working effectively as part of a team

Mōhou ake – About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • A relevant diploma qualification (minimum two years study) or higher
  • Te Reo me ona tikanga, ability to build trusting relationships, communication and lived experience
  • At least three years helping to build capacity in te reo Māori or three years working in the community in Māori development
  • Have a high level of competence and fluency in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga and be able to link this expertise to work alongside colleagues and specialists in a bi-cultural way
  • Ability to work effectively in Māori settings including the auraki education system and Māori education from kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, wharekura and whare wānanga

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? – Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector. We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/712034_JobDesc.pdf

If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply’ button.

In your cover letter we’d like to know:

  • about you, your values, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

The Ministry invites applications from fully vaccinated people or people with a valid medical exemption (under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021). We will require evidence of your vaccination status, or your medical exemption, at the pre-employment stage of our recruitment process.

For further information, please contact Julie Armstrong at


Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 13 February 2022.

How to Apply

Please apply via this link: https://jobs.education.govt.nz/jobs/EDU-1578732A

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in 23 days.

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