Technical Writer - Ākonga Māori

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Fixed-term, full-time (between one year and up to January 2024)
  • Based in Wellington

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different projects. Every day, we all strive to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group

At the heart of the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group is making sure that every day, in every early learning service, kōhanga reo, school, and kura, the education workforce and curriculum delivery is world class, and focused on what New Zealanders need for their best future.

Secondary Tertiary embraces the Ākonga Māori team within the wider ELSA Group. It is responsible for setting the standards of NCEA qualifications that senior secondary level students' study. The Ākonga Māori team is focused on supporting equity for all Māori learners across English and Māori medium settings to ensure that their specific and distinct needs are being met and supported

About this role

The Technical Writer - Ākonga Māori roles are expected to embrace the challenge of ensuring the inclusion of mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori in all the work the team produces.

You will work within the Ākonga Māori team and work collaboratively w ith the Production House team. Both teams are key delivery agents for the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) project. The Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) project is a critical part of our NCEA Change Programme and our Production House team has a key role to play in this. As part of this team you will works alongside other teams to develop products for RAS alongside leaders from the education sector. The Technical Writer - Ākonga Māori roles will be focussed on the RAS for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA).

More specifically, you will:

  • work alongside teachers and other stakeholders from the education sector to produce new standards and associated products for NCEA
  • be responsible for providing technical (written) expertise. So, high-quality written products are produced and undertake analysis
  • work closely with a lead from the Senior Secondary team who will facilitate the stakeholder group/s you support
  • embrace the challenge of ensuring the inclusion of matauranga Māori and te ao Māori in all the work the team produces.

We have two Wellington based opportunities available and you will be joining an established team.

About you

We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Mēnā he matatau ki te reo Māori me ōna tikanga he wana ake tērā.

To be successful in the role, you will need to be comfortable with becoming the technical expert in a group setting and key driver of product development behind the scenes in the Ministry. Plus, at times with NZQA (our partner in the project). You will work with other parts of our business to get products completed, to-time and to high quality.

You will also offer:

  • strong written skills and attention to detail
  • conceptual thinking and experience producing documents to suit client and technical needs
  • Confident attitude discussing matters, undertaking research, performing analysis, and presenting your contributions to small groups to both internal and external stakeholders
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

We would welcome applications from existing technical writers and people from a range of other relevant skillsets (such as policy analysis).

Prior experience in the education sector and/or in another government department would be desirable but not essential.

We also offer the following:

  • Opportunities to develop within the team over the course of a major five-year project
  • As training needs are identified the team will receive additional support
  • The Ministry operates with flexible working arrangements meaning that you could be working from home at times

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds 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.

There is more information in the job description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information: please contact Amy Wood at

Applications close midnight on Thursday, 12 August 2021.

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