Manager Māori Partnerships

Wellington City Council

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Strengthen Māori engagement and participation in our city
  • Contribute to our city's future, through strong Māori Partnerships
  • Newly created role with the ability to shape and direct the future and deliver strong impact for our city

Kia mahi ngātahi mō Pōneke mō tōna āpōpō Working together for Wellington's future

Our Council is committed to ensuring mana whenua and Māori participate meaningfully and contribute to, strategic Council decisions. We envision a future where Wellington will be a centre for creativity, exploration and innovation, and the role of iwi and the wider Māori community in realising this future will be huge.

Te whāinga roa: The opportunity 

This is such an exciting & transformational time to join our newly formed Mataaho Aronui - Māori Strategic Outcomes Group, responsible for providing WCC with a strategic Māori voice and increased internal capability whilst raising its prominence within the organisation.

We are building our future team, focussed on three key Māori specific areas:

  • Māori Strategic Partnerships
  • Māori Strategic Advice
  • Māori Success

This will be the first step in supporting and enabling WCC to strengthen our relationships, presence and intelligence, so that Māori are engaged proactively in Wellington's future coupled with enabling the whole organisation to contribute to the effective implementation of our services, ensuring we are aligned to our wider goals for Māori - excelling in our way we deliver for our community.

The prime focus of this newly created position is to lead and inspire the team to create productive partnerships and meaningful relationships with Māori.

Key programmes of work will focus on improving the success of Māori in the City, and will encompass:

  • Driving a work programme dedicated to meaningful partnerships with Māori
  • Provision of high-level strategic support and guidance across Council to support the organisation to build partnerships with Māori through-out our city
  • Ensuring engagement opportunities exist for Māori to contribute to the future of the city.

Te tangata e tika ana: About you

You will be a future thinker and a passionate people leader, with proven ability in building high performing teams responsible for delivering exceptional results. Our ideal candidate will have extensive experience in driving organisational change and influencing strategic priorities and able to leverage intellectual horsepower and critical thinking for Māori wellbeing and success.

With relationships being key to the success of this role, you will have experience in establishing credible & enduring partnerships and will bring your existing relationships with Māori and their experiences. It's important that you can work with stakeholders that often have different agendas or priority outcomes and are able to take a holistic approach to managing relationships with Māori. You will have a good knowledge of Te Ao Māori and an excellent understanding of Māori Frameworks.  Experience in a public sector and/or local government context will be preferable.

If you are passionate about creating an environment that draws on Māori innovation and entrepreneurialism to promote a dynamic and economically successful city; where Māori will feel engaged, supported and valued , then this is definitely the opportunity for you!

All applications must be submitted online. For more information, please refer to the position description or reach out to Aleena Antony, Talent Partner at

Applications close 28 September 2021.

We're looking for people who share our passion for Wellington and have the same values that we do - to make our city an even better place to live and work.



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