Principal Adviser, Te Reo Māori

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Permanent, full-time
  • Based in Wellington

Help shape the future of education

E toro atu te ringa ki ngā oro puareare o te waokū o Tane te wānanga, koutou kei ngā pureke mowai o te Arareo Māori, e tā mātou Uepū Reo Māori.

Ki te whai wāhi ai koe ki te reo Māori, ki Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, ki Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori, otirā ki te ao Arareo Māori (ngā wāhi whakaako mā te reo Māori mō te nuinga o te wā) tēnā koianei tētehi tūranga e tika ana moū.

Te Uepū Reo Māori/Te Reo Māori Group

Ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea

Māori language is the essence of culture and as such is an inherited treasure acknowledged through the Treaty of Waitangi. It is through Māori language that the full range of Māori customs can be expressed, practised and explained.

The purpose and goal of Te Uepū Reo Māori is to ensure that all learners who commit to learning in and of the Māori language have access to quality provision and learning experiences.

The group is responsible for setting the strategic direction to ensure the growth of Te Reo Māori, the Māori medium pathway and those learning the language. It is through this learning journey that Māori language learners can access the Māori world and understand their role in it.

Te Uepū Reo Māori covers the ages 0-18 pathway for students who have committed to the learning of, or learning through, Te Reo Māori and leading on the Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Aho Araki Marau mō te ako i te reo Māori.o tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea

Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga/Ministry of Education

At the Ministry of Education, our people shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Our sights are set on ensuring our education system serves every individual child and young person fairly, and creates the best foundation for equal opportunity.

Our organisation is full of hugely talented people, from a wide range of backgrounds. They work collaboratively, setting goals and reaching them, to shape a world-leading education system.

Our people are broadening their own horizons and, ensuring our education system is equipped to broaden the horizons of our children and young people, thus ensuring the best possible future for New Zealand.

  • We get the job done - Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi
  • We are respectful, we listen, we learn - He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
  • We back ourselves and others to win - Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake kia wikitoria
  • We work together for maximum impact - Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui tonu.

About this role

The Principal Adviser provides leadership in identifying quality strategies that support the successful design, development and implementation of quality Māori language and Māori medium programmes, projects and services.

They lead programmes of work to support students to lift achievement. They provide thought leadership about how to identify success and about good curriculum development process. They support the strategic overview of group priorities ensuring that Māori language learners and Māori medium needs are appropriately considered, and as necessary, addressed in curriculum development.

If you have good Māori networks, strong ability to grow and maintain positive relationships with te reo Māori organisations, thrive on supporting the whole education system implement initiatives around achievement and leadership, have experience in raising capability of clusters of the workforce - then apply for this role.

About you:

  • You have strong writing skills, able to write a variety of correspondence for different audiences, at pace and to high standards
  • You have a good understanding of the national curriculum, including Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - the Māori language guidelines for learning te reo Māori
  • You have proven experience managing complex relationships and resolving conflict to achieve amicable outcomes
  • You know how to involve others and seek advice at the right points
  • You're a great organiser, agile when needed and able to prioritise your work accordingly
  • You understand and know how to apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga

Te reo Māori fluency isn't needed for these roles, however will be an advantage to help you succeed and excel in this role.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the Job Description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the 'Apply Online' button.

For further information email Bernadine Gittings at


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