Principal Advisor - Te Ao Māori

Statistics NZ

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

Kaitohutohu Mātāmua (Principal Advisor)

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

We place great emphasis on our people's health, safety and wellbeing and encourage flexible working, whether that be from home or from our modern offices where we participate in activity-based working

The role | Mō te tūnga

We're on the hunt for an energetic individual who is truly passionate about making a difference to the lives of Māori. Reporting to the Pouwhakahaere - Senior Manager, Te Ao Māori you'll assist our Census Branch to work with and for Māori by improving census information for and about Māori and increasing understanding and use of census information by Māori.

We're trying to do things differently here, and that means new ways of working, engaging and thinking. Working across our whole programme, your strategic technical leadership will help influence decisions that achieve improved outcomes for iwi-Māori and for Aotearoa New Zealand

About you | Mō

Your deeply imbedded knowledge of and experience working in Māori settings will be essential to the success of our team and the programme. As someone who can navigate challenging situations with professionalism and influence, you'll be able to bring the outside view inside and support us on our journey of embedding Māori models and frameworks into our practise. To support our small Te Ao Māori team, you'll be able to demonstrate the following skills, experiences:  

  • Demonstrated experience working with internal and external stakeholders and partners, ensuring you are the integral link to bring both together
  • Understand high level strategy and know the path we must walk to turn this into implementation
  • Able to identify the golden thread - Prioritise the things that will make the biggest impact long-term
  • Demonstrated experience leading and mentoring people with sometimes no line of authority

This is a strategic role with a requirement to pivot in order to deliver the necessary operational responses required to assist, enable and facilitate the Census Programme's analysis and understanding of how to work together with iwi-Māori as a Tiriti o Waitangi partner to serve their needs and aspirations.

You'll be joining an inclusive environment where people, regardless of gender, race, disability, religion or background are supported to be able to do their best work. This includes:

  • Flexible by default, balance life and work commitments
  • An environment that's safe, where you can be yourself
  • Exciting and meaningful work that makes a difference to Aotearoa
  • 3 departmental leave days (usually taken over Christmas office closure)
  • Opportunity to develop and grow your career (coaching culture, study support, secondments, acting up)
  • Opportunity to join various social, network and support groups (toastmasters, Māori staff support network, social group)

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 in the one document.

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 Tuesday, 20th April 2021. You may be asked to complete pre-interview screen.

Location: Preferably Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
Permanent role
Salary will be discussed with the successful applicant

Check out our careers page for more information. 
Note to Recruitment Agencies: unsolicited CVs will not be accepted, see our careers site for more info.

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


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