28 Sep 2020

Full-Time Te Kai Arataki – Tuia Whakapakari – Māori Responsiveness Manager

Mana Recruitment Ltd – Posted by Mana RecruitmentAnywhere

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Te Kai Arataki – Tuia Whakapakari – Māori Responsiveness Manager


  • Do you have a proven ability to lead with mana and do you have exceptional cultural competency?
  • Will you be able to integrate Mātauranga Māori into all aspects of an organisations strategy and operations?
  • Is it your desire to work with our Māori communities to deliver on outcomes?
  • Can you enable Māori values to be understood and implemented?
  • Are you able to champion, drive, support and integrate Māori responsiveness.

Tēnā koutou, rau rangatira mā, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kei te mihi ake i runga i te reo kōrero o ō tatou mātua tīpuna e kore nei e taea te whakahē. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou o te ao kikokiko nei ki a tātou. Whakapiri mai ki te pānui i ngā kōrero e whai atu nei, he kaupapa whakakī tūranga te tikanga o te wā. Mā koutou e whiriwhiri me kore e whakautu i tēnei karanga ki a koutou.  Nō reira huri noa, huri noa, kia ora tātou katoa.

We want you to lead and facilitate a small team to develop and implement a cross-organisational Māori engagement approach and plan, helping us to deliver and formulate, strategies policies and procedures that are consistent and support the Local Government and Resource Management Act responsibilities, and that meet our Treaty obligations.

The Gisborne District Council is committed to achieving the three key outcomes identified by the local community and is working together to help make their aspirations happen:

Tairāwhiti Tangata – Our people.

Tairāwhiti Taonga – Our environment, culture and economy.

Tairāwhiti Wawata – Our aspirations realised through the democratic process.

Gisborne District Council are the proud winners of a number of awards including the 2019 LGNZ Excellence Awards, for their work on Tupapa – Our Stand. Our Story – telling iwi/hapū stories their way, and also winners of the SOLGM 2018 great consultation document to name a few.  The organisation is continuing to strive for excellence through progressing new and creative initiatives that work towards achieving community outcomes.

With more people choosing Tairāwhiti for its lifestyle, environment, and culture, it’s an exciting time to be joining the thriving and diverse region.  Council’s commitment to its community is evidenced in its delivery of excellent customer services, enhanced community engagement with a concentrated focus on developing meaningful relationships with Māori. The Engagement and Māori Responsiveness Hub covers Community Engagement, Māori Engagement, Communications both internal and external, Customer Services, Community Development with our East and West Coast Communities, Events Management and management of Grant Funding.

An innovative and exciting addition to the organisation, this position and the team are accountable for integrating Mātauranga Māori into all aspects of Councils strategic and operational activities. You will be responsible for developing and integrating a Māori Responsiveness programme, which will have a range of organisational imperatives.  Developing, integrating, and implementing plans, systems and processes that ensure Māori interests and values are considered in Council functions; the overarching intent is to champion cultural initiatives and programmes through the organisation and develop an organisation that is responsive to our Māori communities.

Placing Māori at the organisational forefront, you will take an ‘all of council’ view in championing Māori initiatives and programmes and providing guidance and support for prioritising activities within the organisation.  You will seek to embed Māori engagements and relationships, understand their implications, and provide advice on how they will be woven into Council operations.

Driving change, and taking others on the journey with you, you will work with senior leaders and influence key decisions for Māori within the day to day Council operating model.  Building cultural capacity, providing advice as relevant, you will ensure collaboration with cultural experts as well as key influences to build and develop specific programmes of work.

You will be accountable for the identification of key priorities of Council, any Treaty issues in the region, and their potential implications for Council.  Delivering all you do via a well-formed Māori perspective, you will take the lead position ensuring that not only Council but also staff develop their cultural understanding.

Skills knowledge and experience required for application will include:

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant planning, policy management or Māori discipline.
  • 5+ years relevant post qualification workplace experience with supervisory skills.
  • Fluency in Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori.
  • Knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi in national and regional affairs within historical and contemporary settings and how it applies to local government.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Resource Management Act which plays a huge component of our present and future interactions with our Māori communities
  • Leadership and people management experience and demonstrated ability as a people influencer.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working and engaging with community, and public interest groups.
  • The demonstrated ability as a people influencer with highly developed interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Sound understanding of machinery of government, public sector delivery structures and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with tāngata whenua, marae, hapū and iwi.
  • Cognisant of relevant legalisation such as RMA, LGA, and Treaty Legislation.

With proven skills in working across often opposing cultural world views and the ability to bring those worlds closer together is a prerequisite.  Your skill in operating effectively with a high level of diplomacy, remain neutral and provide unbiased, well founded advice is a cornerstone to your operational capability within this position.

To attract those with a senior set of skills and the highest cultural competency, remuneration and benefits package is banded accordingly.

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence call or email please contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close Monday the 19th of October 2020 at 5.00pm. 

How to Apply

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence call or email please contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz Applications close Monday the 19th of October 2020 at 5.00pm. 

Job Categories: Cultural Services and Government / Local Government. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 100,000 and above.

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