21/011 Taumata Arowai Senior Governance Advisor

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: Taumata Arowai
Salary: $96,000 - $123,700

  • Small regulator, big purpose
  • Unique governance arrangements 
  • Start-up role 

Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator 

Exciting green fields opportunity to contribute to leading a new water services regulator for Aotearoa New Zealand.

As part of the Government’s Three Waters Reform Programme, a new Crown entity has been established which will regulate drinking water supplies to ensure all our drinking water is safe and monitor our waste and stormwater networks.   Currently, the establishment of this entity is sitting within the Department of Internal Affairs.

One of our first steps is to establish our Board and our Māori Advisory Group, with membership soon to be announced.  As Senior Governance Advisor, you will advise and support both to develop and understand their statutory roles and assist them to perform their duties governing a new regulator. Taumata Arowai is unique in its governance arrangements having both a Board and Māori Advisory Group, so this role provides an opportunity to work with an entirely new governance construct.

You will also manage and coordinate our official information and ministerial servicing arrangements and support the Board with the development of our statutory reporting documents. 

This is a key role requiring strong relationship management and influencing skills and a healthy dose of political savvy.  It is also a broad role canvasing the range of activities that support the machinery of government and parliamentary processes. 

We are looking for someone who has had significant experience in a governance role, can navigate ambiguity and complexity and show resilience.   It is also a start-up role so designing and implementing processes and practices should be your forte, along with preparing formal documents and  serving advisory or statutory bodies. Upon commencement as a Crown entity, expected to be in March 2021, your employment will transfer from the Department of Internal Affairs to Taumata Arowai.  

Upon commencement as a Crown entity, expected to be in March 2021, your employment will transfer from the Department of Internal Affairs to Taumata Arowai. 

To learn more about the diverse, important mahi we do at Te Tari Taiwhenua and see why we're a great place to work, click here.

We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need 
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving 
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand 
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 5 March 2021
For more information please contact: Bridget McBean, HR Consultant, bridget.mcbean@dia.govt.nz
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