Kaiāwhina Kaupapa Māori – Māori Technical Advisor

MANA Recruitment / Northland Regional Council

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Northland
  • Knowledge and understanding of the complexity of relationships between local government and tangata whenua
  • Able to demonstrate respectful practice of tikanga and te reo Maori when required
  • Full time permanent position.

Provide specialist advice and guidance to Councils legislative and cultural responsibilities to Māori and the impacts of those obligations on council’s roles and functions.

Ko wai mātou – Who are we

Northland Regional Council’s (NRC) mission is to work with people and partners to create a healthy environment, strong economy, and resilient communities. Council is particularly focussing on priority areas that communities have stated they care deeply about: water quality; reducing pests , animals, plants and aquatic) and providing flood protection for vulnerable communities.

NRC has committed to working with Māori in a number of ways to help develop more meaningful relationships and develop Māori capacity to participate in our decision-making processes. The NRC’s mission as it relates to Māori is to;

“Develop meaningful and inclusive relationships with iwi and tangata whenua within Te rohe o Te Tai Tokerau”.

This role is an integral part of the Māori Relationships Team and will assist the Regulatory, Environmental Services and Planning and Policy Teams by providing support and advice to both internal and external customers on cultural issues raised by tāngata whenua. Taking a pro-active approach to meet with hapū/iwi to understand issues and develop mutually agreed solutions that strengthen the relationship and engagement between council and tangata whenua. To provide specialist technical advice and guidance to the Council governance and staff on Councils legislative obligations as a foundation to building meaningful relationships with Maori.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position 

Your role will be to develop relationships with hapū and iwi, will enable and support you to have a kanohi ki te kanohi approach to Resource Management Act (RMA) matters, providing advice and information to assist in having a shared understanding of the RMA processes, as well as forming a conduit when seeking resolutions on any of these issues.

The overarching objective of this position is to provide specialist technical advice and guidance to the Council governance and staff on Councils legislative and cultural responsibilities relating to Māori and assess the impacts of such obligations on council’s overall roles and functions.

Moreover, you will set about building Māori capacity and capability to engage effectively in council RMA processes and ensure tikanga, Te Reo and Mātauranga Māori are respected and integrated in the council RMA processes.  Responsible for initial response to contacts and issues raised within council and work with monitoring, consents, and the Māori Relationships team to inform, you will guide and advise tangata whenua.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role 

Your career background will afford you the ability to bring customer service expertise and customer experience into the organisation. A Tertiary qualification relevant to the functions of the position such as Māori studies, Science or the like would be highly advantageous, but may be offset by experience.

Skills, knowledge and experience held in high regard for this position will include:

  • Competency in Te Reo me ona tikanga and able to demonstrate principles of manaakitanga and kōtahitanga in practice.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of the Resource Management Act (RMA) and other relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the complexity of tangata whenua issues and challenges, particularly in regards to Te Tai Tokerau.
  • Effective relationship management experience involving a range of policy and Māori development work.
  • A demonstration of experience in successfully working and engaging with iwi, government, community, and public interest groups.
  • A humble wairua and empathetic focus of change and its effect on people.
  • The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation and collaboration.

Naturally, you will have an established, and in depth understanding of the Māori political landscape, iwi leadership, and Māori representation, supported by your knowledge and use of Te Reo me ōna tikanga.

Experience in working for Council and knowledge of Council laws, regulations and procedures or understanding of local government is highly desirable. The skill and agility to navigate and transcend two, often opposing world views and manoeuvring through complex political situations effectively, will call upon your sensitive response to how people and the organisational function currently works. With an innate understanding of people with high levels of emotional and social intelligence, you will have the ability to help position Council positively with the achievement of delivering high-quality service to iwi and hapū.

Te Tono – How to apply

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close on: Monday 28th of June 2021 at 5.00pm. 


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