Full-Time Kaiwhakahaere, Hononga Maori – Iwi Relations Manager
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Kaiwhakahaere, Hononga Maori – Iwi Relations Manager
Provide strategic advice and guidance on issues of significance to Māori. Drive collaborative relationships, representation and response at a regional level.
- Strategic management position.
- Walk alongside mana whenua to gain an understanding of local iwi interests, aims and aspirations.
- Based in Dargaville.
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 added 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 Memoranda of Understanding (MOU’s) and other agreements with iwi.
Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position
The strategic intent of the Iwi Relations Manager is to ensure that local iwi (Te Uri O Hau, Te Iwi O Te Roroa, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua, Te Kuihi, Te Parawhau (hapū of Ngāpuhi), Ngāti Manuhiri) have opportunities to participate in the Council decision making and collaborate with Council on issues of mutual interest. Facilitating engagement and providing strategic advice to council of issues of concern to Māori; the position will provide you with the platform to continuously look for ways in which to have authentic and meaningful input from iwi into decision making at a regional level.
With such a significant breadth of stakeholder groups and local government knowledge; from the Resource Management Act (RMA), to Local Government Act, there will be many parties to ensure collaboration is achieved, ensuring all stakeholders have the opportunity to input into long term and annual plans. This position will also support key projects and programmes of work that require iwi liaison and consultation, including community plans, the Walking and Cycleway Strategy, civil defence strategies and events and district plan development.
This position is much more than ensuring that the principles and values of the MOU and mana enhancing agreements with local iwi are upheld. It is about developing real and meaningful, two-way Iwi relationships, fostering trust, understanding aspirations, and honouring past concerns.
The aim is to journey together, keeping communication channels proactive, being able to temperature check and be responsive to concerns, and rapidity represent these views to Council. Developing and maintaining relationships with the various marae communities across the district, you will also be representing council at the Northland iwi and Local Government Chief Executive Forum, the Kaipara Moana Group, the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group, amongst many other key representations across the district. Additionally, managing the co-governance relationships for joint management of the Kai Iwi Lakes (Taharoa Domain) with Te Iwi O Te Roroa/Te Kuihi, and the co-governance relationship for joint management of Pou Tu O Te Rangi Harding Park in Dargaville with Te Uri o Hau.
Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role
A tertiary qualification is highly desirable, this may however be offset but considerable, relevant experience. All applicants must be able to display significant cultural competency, driven by their own personal mana and passion to bring about change.
Skills, knowledge and experience required for application include:
- Significant capability and fluency in Te Reo Māori and full immersion within Te Ao Māori – Māori World view.
- Previous engagement and relationship management experience within a New Zealand local body environment.
- An understanding of the political, economic and regulatory environment applicable to New Zealand local authorities, including the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, practical application of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a business setting.
- The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation and collaboration.
- Ability to influence, persuade and inspire others to achieve results.
- Able to demonstrate the proven ability to work collaboratively to develop and maintain effective relationship.
- The proven skills to empower and enhance the mana of others.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to influence and enable change.
Reporting to the GM Engagement and Transformation, the position will call out to those with a superior cultural competence, who can authentically engage from the Marae to the boardroom and is able to demonstrate and promotes the value of tikanga Māori in a humble and uplifting way. Remuneration is positioned to attract a high calibre of skill set.
Te Tono – How to apply
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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