Lead Whānau Ora

Te Puni Kōkiri

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington


Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a government agency who works within government and communities to achieve our vision of Thriving Whānau.

The wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi is central to the future wellbeing of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The very broad role of Te Puni Kōkiri, our access to information and ability to make connections, make us ideally placed to spark innovation.

Te Puni Kōkiri is looking at ways to strengthen its focus on whānau-centered approaches, and this role will assist us as we continue to strengthen and grow.  Whānau Ora is an innovative whanau-centered approach to empowering whānau to achieve better health, education, housing, skills development and economic outcomes

The Lead Whānau Ora is expected to lead a team responsible for the operational implementation of Whānau Ora. The Lead has a strong focus on Te Puni Kōkiri investments via the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, alongside other initiatives within the Whānau Ora portfolio, ensuring all operational aspects of Whānau Ora are delivered successfully. 

The Lead Whānau Ora is expected to support the development, and lead the implementation, of the strategic direction for Whānau Ora. This will include the adoption and delivery of a clear work programme with a strong focus on building internal and external relationships important to the continued success and promotion of the Whānau Ora approach.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in management or related field or demonstrable broad experience in leading a diverse team in a variety of locations
  • Comfort in operating under Tikanga / Kaupapa Māori - fluency in Te Reo Māori would be an advantage
  • Past success in developing new ways of driving towards outcomes, achieving integration, obtaining cohesion, breaking down barriers
  • Success in managing at a distance and moulding services to meet local needs
  • Successful participation in cross-sectoral forums to capture commitment e.g. across Māori stakeholders, public sector agencies, other interest groups, development organisations
  • Knowledge of the machinery of government and government processes and the capacity to transfer this knowledge to others at some distance from the national government centre
  • Previous success in leading change and building a high performing team, including creating and managing robust management systems
  • Experience in working collaboratively with a diverse group of professionals and contributing professional knowledge to ensure group success
  • Proven experience in programme delivery in Māori communities
  • The ability to work collaboratively across the Ministry, across government and externally
  • Understanding of the characteristics of leading successful project teams and seeking to emulate these in new projects
  • Demonstrable experience in stakeholder management and strategic work planning
  • Proven ability to develop and gain the confidence of stakeholders within the region

Applications close Wednesday 28 October 2020

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