Principal Communications Advisor – Maori, Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch

Statistics NZ

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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.

What we’re looking for | Ngā āhuatanga e hiahiatia ana e Mātou 

As Principal Communications Advisor you will be accountable for leading, developing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing a diverse range of communications tasks to support our system lead role. The focus of the role is to support the work programme of Te Tohu Rautaki, Angitū Māori.  As a Principal, you will develop a Communications Strategy, as well as providing communications support (messaging, speaking notes, communications materials).  You will bring your significant expertise working with Māori to all aspects of your role.  As a Principal, you will have a leadership component at Stats NZ to demonstrate excellence in strategic communication with Māori audiences and on Māori content.  

About you | Mōu

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Significant experience developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies and plans.
  • Minimum of fifteen years' experience in senior communications
  • Experience engaging with iwi and Māori organisations 
  • Experience communicating Māori needs and concerns effectively within a government context 
  • Be intellectually, analytically and conceptually agile and experienced in dealing with complex matters
  • Have a thorough and up to date understanding of communications and stakeholder best practice particularly in relation to Māori and iwi audiences.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the Machinery of Government, and how to communicate the government’s key messages.  Understand how to work with other agencies for effective communications. 
  • Be comfortable and confident operating in Te Ao Māori settings and using Māori communication methods
  • An in-depth knowledge and a thorough understanding of Māori perspectives and the values and norms that underpin them.
  • Experienced in applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles and approaches in the workplace, policy, processes and relationships and confident translating these to colleagues and leaders
  • Knowledge of te reo me ōna  tikanga and how to adapt them to the workplace
  • An in-depth knowledge and a thorough understanding of Māori perspectives and the values and norms that underpin them
  • Proven experience in building media relationships 
  • A thorough and up-to-date understanding of communications best practice

If you have a strong customer focus and enjoy connecting and communicating with others then we want to hear from you.  This role has a significant interface with Māori and Māori data narratives.  If this is your strength, please apply.

What’s in it for you? 

You’ll be joining an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or background can come do their best work. Our goal is to provide our staff with a working environment that provides them with the opportunity to:

  • have challenging, varied and interesting work
  • develop and grow their careers
  • balance life and work, and
  • work in an agile, dynamic and flexible manner. 

We care about our people, and value your drive, energy and inquisitive nature. Bottom line, we are in search of real people that don’t believe in the status quo and seek to add value every day.

If you are a passionate and talented person relishes the idea of becoming part of NZ’s data ecosystem, then come join our team!

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

Applications close Monday, 26 October 2020. 

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


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