Project Coordinator - Māori Pathways Programme

Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Department of Corrections

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Ideally based at our Wellington National Office, although other locations may be considered
  • Secondment/Fixed term opportunity until October 2022 

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi' – ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people. 

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu.

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi (

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Māori Pathways is a major programme supporting the corrections system to be more effective by using kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred approaches. This Programme reports through to the People Portfolio, which is one of three portfolios managing and driving change across Corrections.

The Project Coordinator provides effective project coordination, expertise and support to the wider project team and may also support specific projects as directed by the programme manager.

Some of the role accountabilities include:

  • Coordinate the preparation and maintenance of project plans,schedules, reports and controls including:
    • Organising planning sessions across project activities.
    • working closely with the Project Manager(s) to maintain planning and scheduling for the phases of work throughout the project life cycle.
    • Drafting up the initial project reports for review by the Project Manager(s).
    • Maintaining the project control book in line with reporting, including all risks, issues, decisions, dependencies and change requests
    • Lead the co-ordination of project and governance meetings by:
      • Setting up dates, booking rooms/meeting venues, distributing meeting papers.
      • taking, preparing, and circulating minutes in a timely manner.
      • collating materials or other duties as required for the project activities.
      • proactively monitoring and coordinating the preparation, sign off and distribution of papers to relevant governance groups so that all papers are circulated in a timely manner. 

Ngā pūkenga e kimi ana mātou | What you will bring to the role

To succeed as a Project Coordinator within the Māori Pathways Programme, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Experience in handling sensitive and confidential material with integrity
  • The ability to effectively interpret, summarise and present information in written and oral forms
  • A good understanding of the project management lifecycle and associated requirements
  • Sound knowledge of administration systems, functions and processes
  • An advanced level of computer skills including the Microsoft office suite and Outlook (and the ability to learn other packages if required) – experience using MS Project is desirable
  • Able to respond appropriately to work requests from team members, setting and communicating clear timeframes and priorities
  • An awareness of the importance of Te Ao Māori or willingness to learn

We are looking for a highly organised individual with strong attention to detail, who can hit the ground running. Ideally you will have high levels of initiative, be able to demonstrate exceptional communication and strong relationship management skills, be flexible and adaptable to changing environments. 

Please visit our careers page to download the Job Description and view the full essential criteria requirements.

The salary for this role starts from $57,398 up to $81,032 based on demonstrable skills and expertise.

Additional Information If you are interested in this role as a secondment, please seek approval from your manager before submitting your application. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

To be eligible for this role you must have the right to work in New Zealand. Please note: Applications close at 9:00 pm Sunday 26th September 2021. We will endeavour to contact you within two weeks of the closing date regarding the status of your application, however in some cases this may take a little longer

All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered.

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

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