Change Manager - Māori Pathways

Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Department of Corrections

  • Fixed Term
  • Hawke's Bay

Vacancy Number: APA/1513718
Closing Date: 3rd March 2021
Location: Hawkes Bay (Te Matau a Maui)

Recruitment Contact: - 

Nau mai, Haere mai! 

  • Fixed term opportunity until June 2022
  • Drive long term, transformational change in a large, complex organisation
  • Create positive wellbeing outcomes for those in our care and their whanau
  • Help shape Hawkes Bay Māori Pathways

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi' – ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.'

Mō mātou | About us

Māori Pathways - Hawkes Bay is one of two key trial areas for the four year programme which has been co-designed with whānau, iwi, hapū Māori; external organisations and individuals independent of Ara Poutama Aotearoa.  These roles represent a unique opportunity which will see you making differences in the lives of the tāne you will work with, as well as their families. 

About the role | Mō te tūnga

The Change Manager, Māori Pathways is responsible for planning, leading and facilitating change management activities to support Māori Pathways people leaders and their teams to prepare for and embed change and new ways of working to help shape our future operations.

The role accountabilities include: 

  • Leading and facilitating a collaborative and consistent approach to change management across the Māori Pathways, building ownership and capability of the teams
  • Leading the change readiness assessment for the Māori Pathways
  • Supporting the development of stakeholder messages and communication materials as needed
  • Working closely with the business, facilitating and conducting consultation to ensure appropriate engagement with the change initiatives and commitment to change plans and activities
  • Ensuring planning, reporting and benefits realisation requirements are aligned with the programme's landscape and overall objectives
  • Optimising the timing of the release of programme deliverables into the business operations
  • Defining and managing quality for Māori Pathways deliverables, in a Kaupapa Māori context
  • Identifying and managing business risk and escalate these as appropriate
  • Providing support to the Māori Pathways Manager and subject matter experts
  • Identifying the impacts on Māori Pathways from other business processes, projects, programmes and providing solutions
  • Monitoring business performance after initiative implementation, identifying challenges and working with the business to develop and implement remedial action
  • Developing and maintaining positive and collaborative working relationships with stakeholders (including Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, providers, unions and operational management) and relevant external relationships and networks

Mōu | About you

  • Understands and is committed to a Kaupapa Māori Pathways operational design and delivery which delivers for, and demonstrates sensitivity towards, Māori, Pacific Peoples and other cultures.
  • Understanding of tikanga Māori and some proficiency in te reo Māori.
  • High level leadership skills and proven change management abilities to implement successful change.
  • Extensive negotiation or advocacy skills with extensive experience with conflict resolution, influencing, persuading and negotiating
    • knowledge of best practice project management and processes for managing complex programmes of work from design to implementation.
    • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a broad cross section of people by taking a collaborative and consultative approach.
    • Advanced communication skills and broad experience in the communications field covering medial and stakeholder networking and interactions and issues management, to achieve strategic and business plan outcomes.
    • Ability to interface with Senior Management and to think and operate strategically.
    • Advanced writing, editing and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences.
    • Experience managing governance boards.
    • Proven ability to exercise sound judgement and decision making.
    • Awareness of justice sector trends and issues 


 An appropriate professional qualification and demonstrated professional leadership in a relevant area or formal business change management qualification, or work towards one would be an advantage, or demonstrable experience leading the implementation of significant change management initiatives.

Please note this role is physically based in the Hawkes Bay.

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi ( 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

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