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Kaiwhakahaere, Hononga Māori - Māori Relationships Manager


MANA Recruitment, Northern Regional Council

  • High level of cultural and political competency?
  • Superior skills in facilitating and building strong working relationships and partnerships between Māori and other agencies?
  • Newly created role, based in Whangārei.


Northland Regional Council is committed to creating better outcomes for the district whilst enhancing and building enduring relationships with whānau, iwi and hapū to support their vision of “Our Northland - together we thrive”.   As part of this commitment, they have a newly created role for a Kaiwhakahaere, Hononga Māori - Māori Relationships Manager, based in Whangārei.

This newly created position reports directly through to the General Manager - Strategy, Governance and Engagement and has the key objective ofproviding organisational leadership to enhance Councils development around Māori cultural awareness and protocols, supporting all areas of Council to work and engage effectively with iwi and hapū partners and the wider Māori communities across Te Tai Tokerau.

Additionally, you will provide access to appropriate advice from a Māori perspective on policy and development issues; to ensure Council is well informed, to enable the effective discharge of Council’s statutory responsibilities.

Prerequisite skills, competencies and experience for this position are to include: 

  • The proven ability to lead with mana and the ability to broker strategic relationships with iwi, hapū and key stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify cultural perspectives and bias; challenge views - lead others to value and respect alternative cultural perspectives.
  • Superior skills in facilitating public consultation processes.
  • Well-developed critical thinking skills and sound judgment, in particular, the ability to analyse information, develop options and think strategically.
  • Tertiary level qualification (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline that supports the strategic nature of this position.
  • Strong leadership skills that can empower and motivate others to effectively deliver results.
  • Fluency in Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori.
  • General understanding of local government systems and processes.
  • Understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and how it applies to local government.
  • An extensive and proven ability to influence decision makers within a highly political environment. 


Ideally, you will have experience working at a senior level in Māori engagement; and be able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate with Māori communities to develop and deliver work-programmes that enhance Māori capability and capacity to participate in council processes and decision-making. 

Providing advice on iwi and Māori interests, as well as helping to lead strategies for engaging with iwi and Māori relationships, you will have the ability to see via a dual cultural lens at all times. Delivering advice on internal capability and strategies, you will be supporting the Council’s policy, programme and operational functions to accelerate Māori achievement, with the objective to ensure Māori needs and aspirations are at the forefront of decision making and operational policy implementation.

Mana amongst your peers and the agility to apply Tikanga Māori within a kaupapa Māori environment, your high level of cultural and political competency will see you in a key relationship position with iwi and hapū as well as wider community groups.

You and your whānau may be keen to return home to Te Tai Tokerau, or you want to make a real difference in your community by demystifying the role of Regional Council and how they engage with Māori, please submit your tono through to Heather Walker at Mana Recruitment: heather@manarecruitment.co.nz or call for a confidential conversation.

Once your tono has been received by Mana Recruitment, it will be acknowledged, reviewed and given due consideration within 72 hours.  Your immediate application is actively encouraged.

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