Full-Time Kaitohutohu – Māori Advisor
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Kaitohutohu – Māori Advisor
Operate with an operational lens, providing internal cultural training to staff whilst working externally to identify viewpoints and issues across the takiwā for Māori with the intent of delivering a long-term plan.
- Promote business commitment in partnering with iwi on matters of importance to Māori.
- Lead and deliver internal Te Ao Māori training programmes.
- Dargaville location.
Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?
Kaipara District council’s role is to provide local leadership and facilitate the delivery of services and activities that promote community well-being throughout the Kaipara District. Council is intent on lifting Kaipara’s wellbeing and pride, to make it simple to work with, by being open, transparent and engaged with communities and businesses.
The Kaipara District is the fastest growing district in the North Island and with this growth comes responsibilities. As such an innovative and pivotal position has been created to facilitate collaboration across the mayor, councillors, council employees and iwi to deliver against council’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and specific MOUs and other agreements with iwi.
Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position
Reporting to, and working alongside the Iwi Relations Manager, the Māori Advisor will support the Iwi Relations Manager to continuously look for ways to facilitate local iwi input into councils’ obligations to Māori under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1996. Supporting internal relationships and Te Ao Māori capacity building, the position will be centric to embedding Māori culture across the organisation capability building focussing on Te Ao Māori right across the business. Working within an operational lens, you will take a hands-on approach providing internal tikanga advice and support across the organisation, enabling and supporting staff to engage meaningfully with Māori. Constructing and delivering training programmes that increase Council knowledge of Te Ao Māori, you will support staff to become competent at managing engagement and delivery of outcomes to and for Māori.
It is given that you will have an in depth understanding the key issues for Māori across the District. As such, you will take the lead, and be responsible for building a key stakeholder list and database to ensure strong relationship mapping across the district takes place. Contributing and building effective relationships with Māori across the regional district, with internal staff and key stakeholders, you will seek to facilitate and support Māori, community, voluntary organisations and inter-agency partnerships at the local level to participate in joined up approaches that are outcomes focused . You will work to identify Māori issues and build on Māori strengths to develop long term sustainable relations that deliver on Council and Māori shared aspirations.
Conducting pōwhiri and mihi whakatau on behalf of the organisation, providing support and education to enable others to take on relevant roles within the ceremonies, you will have a level of comfort and the mana to lead, facilitate and enable others via your own proficient cultural competency.
Developing and maintaining relationships with the various marae communities across the district, you will also be representing council across various forums, as well as providing co-governance of council committees as required.
Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role
All applicants must be able to display significant cultural competency, supported by their own personal mana and passion, supported by the desire to bring about change.
Skills, knowledge and experience required for application include:
- Proficiency in Te Reo Māori, knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Reo me ōna tikanga and application within a mainstream setting.
- Past experience in a position which has seen you engaged and relationship building with iwi Māori.
- Experience in the design and facilitation of training programmes.
- It is desirable to have some understanding and/or engagement with a New Zealand local body environment.
- Have the cultural competency to take the lead role conducting pōwhiri/mihi whakatau, on behalf of an organisation.
- An understanding of the key issues for Māori across the District.
- The cultural competency to promote and demonstrate the value of tikanga Māori, the skill set and cultural identity to act as peer support for internal staff.
- Demonstrated ability to form close relationships, work collaboratively sharing outcomes and common goals.
- The proven skills to empower and enhance the mana of others to embark on their own cultural journey.
A tertiary qualification is highly desirable; however, this may be offset relevant experience. A full, clean driver’s licence is required for this position.
This innovative, newly created position will call out to those with a superior cultural competency, extensive relationship building and someone who has the skill and relevant experience to embed and teach the values of tikanga Māori in a humbling and uplifting way.
To apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to email@example.com
The closing date for applications has been extended, and will now close on: Friday 30th of July at 5.00pm.
How to ApplyTo apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to firstname.lastname@example.org The closing date for applications has been extended, and will now close on: Friday 30th of July at 5.00pm.
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