Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager

MANA Recruitment

  • Full Time
  • Auckland

Skills, experience and knowledge to translate organisational strategy into operational outcomes.

  • Highly experienced General Manager and People Leader.
  • Skilled in operationalisation of strategic intent.
  • Mobilise others to create growth, development and change.

Ko wai mātou – Who are we

Hoani Waititi Marae is an urban Marae based in West Auckland that opened in 1980, and is governed by the Hoani Waititi Marae charitable trust.  Named after Hoani Retimana Waititi, a descendant of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Kauaetangohia, the marae continues to honour his legacy through the formation of a Kōhanga reo, Kura Kaupapa Māori and Whare Kura and its partnership with New Zealand Management Academy in trade training through to the aspiration to open a Whare Wananga onsite.

Ko te Kōroingo Matua – Organisational vision; 

Kia mana tonu te ara Mātauranga Māori nei hei kitenga otirā hei tauira whāi mo te Ao.
Hoani Waititi Marae is recognised as a global centre of excellence in indigenous education and cultural innovation.

Organisational mission: 

Working together to develop the cultural, educational, social, and economic capacity of whānau. There is a huge legacy of success, entrepreneurialism, and innovation, all associated with the Marae. Built on foundations fortified by a shared wisdom, today this is a place of achievement, energy and passion which sees the continuance of upholding the legacy of Māori education, equal opportunity, and unity as the foundation of building a better Aotearoa.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position

Entering the next stage of its journey, the Trust is now looking to establish a new position to progress its vision for the future. With the goal of growing the Hoani Waititi Marae economic base and its aspirations for the future, we are seeking to attract a culturally and organisationally experienced General Manager (GM) to set and navigate a course, with the direct intent to establish the organisation as a World leader in the Indigenous space.

The overarching purpose of this position is to provide strategic and operational leadership for the Hoani Waititi Marae, focusing on their journey from good to great. The GM role will have a strong focus on building and maintaining effective and successful relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to maximise the benefit for innovation to grow additional revenue streams that build Hoani Waititi Marae stability for its economic future.

Sharing in that vision, and able to deliver a roadmap of the journey ahead, the GM will need to realise the trust strategic plan and vision and have the capability to lead a small  team to achieve this.  Alongside your own established networks, you will initiate, build and maintain a broad range of strategic relationships and networks, both within and outside the Marae to influence and inform others.

The GM will seek to develop, implement and monitor the achievement of the Business Plan, ensuring the Trust’s strategic goals are achieved.  Accountable for the oversight of financial, capital and human resources, the role will call for you to be financially prudent, be able to deliver advice to Board level in form of high level reports and papers, which you will support with robust analysis, accuracy, financial pragmatism and a clear strategic intent.

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

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. A tertiary degree in a relevant field is highly desirable, however equivalent knowledge, skills and experience may negate this. The skills, experience and attitude required are commensurate with the seniority of this position:

  • Previous GM, or similar level experience with extensive strategic planning and reporting knowledge.
  • Significant people leadership experience, evidencing sound leadership, management and mentoring of staff.
  • Financial, contract and project management expertise, adapt at providing financial performance against budget.
  • Risk identification and mitigation capability, and skilled in understanding market trends.
  • A humble wairua and empathetic focus of change and its effect on people.
  • Knowledge of Te Reo me ōna Māori.
  • Skilled in conducting business via both strategic and operational lenses.
  • Strong business acumen and a political neutrality.
  • The proven ability to partner with stakeholders to advise, influence and change behaviour.
  • Comfortable and highly adaptive within change-based environments.
  • The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation and collaboration.
  • Experience in the project management, financial reporting and business plans.

A culturally astute and agile leader, the GM will be able to temperature check in with staff, understanding grass roots issues, and be able to pivot to work in with the Board and other senior stakeholders who are internal and external to the organisation. This is newly created role is positioned to attract high calibre of skill set and relevant experience.

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: Wednesday the 30th of June 2021 at 5.00pm. 


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