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National Māori Practice Advisor

National Māori Practice Advisor

National Māori Practice Advisor

Oranga Tamariki

Closing Date : 26 Mar 2019

Job Ref: 27697

Location Open

  • Champion practice excellence for our tamariki Māori
  • Work in a role which aligns to your values
  • Chance to make a difference on national scale

Putting children first guides everything we do here at Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders. A founding principle for Oranga Tamariki is our high aspirations for tamariki Māori and their whānau.  We work alongside our community partners to bring about positive outcomes for our children, young people and their family.

The Professional Practice group are responsible for ensuring that Oranga Tamariki are providing the highest standard of services and practice related advice and support on quality assurance, processes and operational delivery. This group has a critical function in building and designing our practice framework and models while adhering to a continuous improvement mind-set to ensure operational excellence and delivery of our overall objectives.

About the role:

Reporting to the Manager, Māori Practice Advice, this role will be responsible for leading the development of tools, methodologies and robust processes as we work towards creating quality practice for tamariki Māori.

Utilising your extensive networks, you will help to build strong partnerships with iwi, NGO’s, Māori communities and other key stakeholders to creating opportunities for us to develop tailored work programmes and responsive practices for tamariki Māori and their whānau.

Critical to this this role will be your strategic experience in collating and analysing information to help us gain insights to create both engagement approaches and practices founded in te reo me ōna tikanga Māori. Promoting a collaborative approach, you will provide credible practice advice and guidance on a range of projects and initiatives underpinned by Te Toka Tumoana and aligned to our Māori cultural framework as we work to establish best practice.

Acting as a voice you will advocate and champion the needs of tamariki Māori ensuring there is alignment of appropriate channels to communicate and support our key strategic deliverables.

Fundamental to this role will be how you model and apply the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whānaungātanga to guide practice with tamariki Māori and their whānau.

Key skills required for this role include:

  • Recognised commitment to te Ao Māori and the promotion of te reo me ōna tikanga Māori.
  • Proven ability to engage and manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Being a conceptual thinker who can translate our aspirations for Māori into design and delivery.
  • Confidence to mentor, coach and build capability around te Ao Māori and practice with tamariki and whānau Māori.
  • In depth understanding and structural analysis about the position of Māori in today’s society in Aotearoa and issues of equity and inequality for Māori impacting on the tamariki we work with.
  • Knowledge and experience of Māori approaches within a social services practice context.
  • Proven experience and expertise with tikanga Māori.
  • Ability to use clear and professional written and verbal communication.
  • A pragmatic and solutions focused approach to providing sound advice to leadership to help make informed decisions.
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant experience (this is essential).

What will you get out of it?

We offer a collaborative and innovative culture where our people thrive to adhere to best practice while constantly challenging the status quo making each work day interesting. We value work life balance so flexible work options are available.

There will also be the opportunity to find creative solutions to challenges in a role where accountability, integrity, courage, respects for self and others, and striving for excellence are highly valued.

The opportunity to embed tikanga based practices into the practitioner process within Oranga Tamariki to improve outcomes for Māori

How to apply:

  • Internal Oranga Tamariki employees– please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as an internal candidate.
  • All external applicants including MSD employees- please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system.

If you have any questions, please contact Moana Eruera on

Application close: 26 March 2019.


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