Senior Communications Advisor

Ministry for the Environment

  • Wellington
  • Exciting new role
  • Fun and supportive team
  • Flexible location

Ko te whenua te waiū mō ngā uri whakatipu

Our land and resources provide the sustenance for our future generations. 

About the Role 

We are looking for a talented senior iwi communications practitioner to join our fast-paced team, and help us connect, collaborate and communicate with New Zealanders. 

This role provides dedicated communications service to our Sustainable Land Use Delivery theme, which is focussed on delivering on-the-ground outcomes for communities across Aotearoa. 

We are working across land, freshwater, climate change and biodiversity deploying a range of tools for change including regulation, education, market instruments and funding partnerships. 

At the heart of this kaupapa is a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and to partner with iwi/hapū to reflect Te Ao Māori in the way we care for, use and repair our whenua, awa and natural resources. 

You will be key to growing our connections with Māori landowners, hapū, whānau and marae groups, sharing information and facilitating important kōrero throughout Aotearoa. 

We need you to bring proven expertise in successful iwi communications preferably for a government agency, a collaborative spirit and great content creation skills to support our programme delivery. 

Skills and Experience 

We want to hear from you if you: 

  • are a natural story-teller who can share Te Ao Maori perspectives across our communications and stakeholder channels
  • have experience with iwi communications and content
  • have strong political acumen and a nose for risk and opportunity
  • can work alongside Māori media
  • understand stakeholder engagement, collaboration and partnership
  • can build trusted relationships at all levels of an organisation and externally
  • work at pace
  • are happy rolling your sleeves up and getting involved where you are needed.


As well as being part of an innovative organisation with an important purpose of making Aotearoa, New Zealand, the most liveable place in the world, we offer you: 

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks
  • opportunities for development and education.          

How to Apply 

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter outlining how your experience relates to this role.  

If you require further information about the role, please contact Catrina Rowe on 

Salary range for this role is $97,033 - $121,984. Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata' – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive.  We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. 

As a flexible friendly employer we are happy to discuss flexible options that may work for you and the business.  We value and care about enabling our people to work in a way that means they can work at their best. 

Applications close: Sunday, 27 September 2020.


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