General Manager - Tumu Whakahaere

Ngā Pōtiki A Tamapahore Trust

  • Full Time
  • Bay of Plenty

Are you a current senior manager within a Māori organisation? We are seeking an inspiring and unifying leader looking to make a real and lasting contribution to the future of iwi, hapū and marae.

  • Strategic skills and the past management experience to translate strategy into operational frameworks?
  • Experienced managing and leading a team to reach their full potential?
  • Based in Pāpāmoa.

Tēnā koutou e te whakamahuetanga a rātou mā e titiro mai nei ki tēnei pānui.  Kei te kimi mātou i tētahi tangata tautōhito ki te Whakahaere i tō mātou rōpū. E tika ana me mārama mōhio te kaitono ki te whakaara, ki te raranga kaimahi kia tū tika i raro i te kaupapa kotahi. E whai atu nei ko te rārangi o ngā hiahia e pā ana ki te tūranga motuhake nei.  Ngā mihi aroha.

The Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust is a post-settlement governance entity responsible for administering and growing the assets of the iwi for and on behalf of Ngā Pōtiki members.   An innovative organisation that seeks to promote and support the educational, spiritual, economic, social, and cultural wellbeing and advancement of Ngā Pōtiki and its people.  Supporting and advancing the care and remediation of the natural environment, including places of cultural and spiritual significance, the Trust undertakes a number of key project and commercial activities.

The position General Manager – Tumu Whakahaere, is integral to future progress.  You will be asked to manage the strategic objectives of the Trust, operationalise work plans, develop staff, and to successfully manage end to end organisational outcomes.  Accountable for overall organisational success, translating vision and concepts into strategic and operational plans, you will have the mana and cultural competency, allowing you to transcend all levels of the Trust and its stakeholders with ease.  Demonstrating superior operating skills, you will have the inherent ability to manage people via a leadership style that encourages staff self-management, empowerment and embracing initiative.

With the proven experience to build relationships and rapport from grass roots to the board room, this role is positioned to attract those with well-honed and concise communication skills.  Steering a clear course, developing an astute understanding of your stakeholder’s needs and motivations, you will seek to bring them on this journey, and to align your people to meet organisational goals alongside developing and growing their individual career potential.

With sustainability growing across many areas, key projects are being realised across social housing, education and asset procurement.  As such, the GM will have demonstrated business and commercial acumen, and be able to navigate different viewpoints through a cultural lens. You will have strong cultural competency and the personal mana and humility to self-motivate others, as you are building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Prerequisites to application are to include;

  • A working knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga Māori.
  • Capability and experience to work with iwi/hapū entities, and local government and crown led organisations.
  • Superior people leadership experience.
  • Proficiency in operational management and financial operational planning.
  • Hands on budgetary development and skilled in the production of annual budgets forecasting and risk analysis.
  • Strong written communication skills and confident public speaker.
  • Strategic skills and past management experience to translate strategy into operational frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning development and implementation.
  • Capability and capacity building experience.
  • Skilled at leading and creating a strong and aligned organisational culture.
  • Extensive report writing and delivery experience.
  • Capital allocation experience, asset management and reporting.
  • Working knowledge of the New Zealand Resource Management Act (RMA).
  • A relevant tertiary qualification would be highly regarded.

Your skill set will see you supporting, enhancing and raising awareness of Taiao Kaitiakitanga and tikanga, and promoting and enhancing good relations with the local community.  Your vested interests, networks and positive influence within the local community will support you as you sustain key, core relationships with your diverse external stakeholder groups.

With the demonstrated ability as a people influencer, leader and trusted advisor, you will display proven relationship management and expert communication skills.  Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently, you will draw on your experience as a senior level operational manager.  Pragmatically inclusive, you involve others in decision making processes, but also remain an independent decision maker.  Knowing when to “flex” one opposing capability over another to achieve the right outcome, you’ll actively and optimistically pursue new opportunities in liaison with the Board.

This position will attract those with a senior skill set, solid relatable and transferable experience and a strong cultural competency.  A unique chance to lead real change and prosperity.

This is both a broad ranging, and significant position that will attract a senior calibre of applicant and as such, the remuneration is positioned accordingly.  To apply or have a confidential conversation about this position in more detail, call or email Heather Walker now on (09) 632 1108 or

Applications close on Monday the 28th of September 2020 at 5pm.


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