Senior Advisor Māori - Data Leadership and Capability | Te Rārangi Awatea

Statistics NZ

  • Wellington

About Us | Mō mātou

At Tatauranga Aotearoa, Stats NZ, our vision is to unleash the power of data to change lives.  As New Zealand’s official data and statistics agency, we are tasked with leading the way for New Zealand’s data future, enabling data-led innovation across society, the economy, and the environment.

The role | Mō te tūnga

Rārangi raraunga, ka ao ka awatea hei oranga mō tātou katoa!

Rows of data, to enlighten and inspire for the wellbeing of all people!

We are looking for an experienced advisor (either already at the senior level or ready to take a next step up) to lead exciting data initiatives in our Data Leadership and Capability team – designed to build government’s capability in data and analytics, and that of New Zealand’s data system as a whole.

We want to create a ‘front door’ or waharoa for our system capability services, and you will be an important contributor to our team providing the right services and support, at the right time.  The direction and scope of the capability activities delivered by our team are informed by the Government Chief Data Steward’s policy work, including the Data Strategy and Roadmap and Data Investment Plan in collaboration with a range of agencies including Stats NZ.

As the Senior Advisor you will increase the effectiveness of the Public Service by strengthening the government data system. By leading the delivery of thought leadership and developing innovative solutions, frameworks, training and guidance that uplifts data capability and open data sets across the public sector and data ecosystem. With particular focus for this role on embedding Ngā Tikānga Paihere into the government data system as a sustainable system-leading data practice.  You will be able to weave your knowledge of Māori research practices and data needs of whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities to deliver positive outcomes by shaping and sharing solutions, and bringing an ‘outside-in’ perspective.

Starting salary: $86,000 - $103,000 negotiable depending on the skills and experience of the successful applicants

About you | Mōu

  • Mana to connect with iwi Ma¯ori, and be able to front presentations, discussions and training sessions to embed Ngā Tikānga Paihere in government agencies’ decision-making
  • Te Reo Māori proficiency and a solid understanding of tikanga Māori are highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Māori research practices or an interest in data and information needs of whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori communities
  • Background or experience in working with data, information or knowledge management, learning and development, or another relevant domain
  • Willingness to learn about the government data system and ways in which we can support it through capability strengthening and thought leadership
  • Experience presenting or facilitating workshops, including designing workshops aimed at a different range of audiences
  • Thrives in a dynamic, ambiguous and agile environment with can-do attitude to tackle challenges and uncertainty
  • The ability to influence through networks, relationships, and using the levers available to achieve system outcomes
  • A broad knowledge of machinery of government and working in government agencies
  • Extensive experience in delivering results through relationships
  • Work effectively in a small, cross-functional team and be willing to carry out other tasks as required
  • An awareness of the business of Stats NZ gained through experience/ familiarity with research, statistical environments or the data system in order to determine and drive value
  • Knowledge/familiarity or a commitment to learning/understanding Te Ao Māori, including realising opportunities at Stats NZ reach the Māori communities

What’s in it for you? | Ngā hua ka riro ki a koe

You’ll be joining an inclusive environment where people, regardless of gender, race, disability, religion or background are supported to be able to do their best work. This includes:

  • Opportunity to develop and grow your career
  • Balance with life and work commitments
  • An environment that’s safe, where you can be yourself

How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

If the above matches your skills and experience, click apply and upload your CV and cover letter. To view position description, paste this link into your browser.

Any questions that haven’t been answered in this advert or the position description or if you have difficulty with your application please email

We will be screening applications as we receive them in order to move swiftly to interview shortly after the advert closes on Sunday, 25 October.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: unsolicited CVs will not be accepted. 

You must have the right to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand to apply for this job.


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