Advisor Māori

Environmental Protection Authority

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Make history with us
As New Zealand’s environmental regulator, the work we do today helps shape the future of Aotearoa. 

In July 2020, the EPA launched its mātauranga framework, a tool to support decision-makers to respectfully test and probe mātauranga in decision-making processes. A first for New Zealand, the EPA is proud to be leading at the cutting edge of such work.  

Our current focus is on implementing the framework and weaving mātauranga into the work that we do. This will involve ongoing engagement with potential decision makers, our EPA staff, Māori networks, industry, the science and research community and other government agencies. We aim to provide a seamless experience as we transition the mātauranga framework to an integral part of our EPA way of working. 

The opportunity

We are looking for a highly-organised either principal or senior level advisor with strong attention to detail, who can hit the ground running. This role would suit a person who is looking to broaden their understanding of environmental issues from a Māori perspective and have a hand in taking our mātauranga programme to the next level. 

You will have an active interest in how the unique perspective and knowledge of Māori informs EPA decision-making. 

You will work closely with recognised Māori experts, including the members of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, our statutory Māori Advisory Committee, and Te Herenga, a network of Māori resource and environmental managers, practitioners and experts. Working with these groups, we seek continual improvement of the value and effectiveness of Māori engagement in EPA decision making.

Our team of seven people work across all parts of the EPA, giving you access to people at all levels of the organisation from your peers through to team leaders, managers and the EPA’s executive leadership team.

We are open to an external secondment (12 months plus) for those Advisors looking to develop their skills in another Government agency.  We will also consider applications from people interested in working part-time, three to four days a week.

What we can offer you

This is a permanent full-time position based in our central city offices on Lambton Quay. The role offers plenty of variety and is a great opportunity to showcase your report writing, communication, project management and stakeholder engagement skills. You will help to shape the implementation and ongoing evolution of our mātauranga programme, the strategic priorities of Ngā Kaihautū, and enable Māori perspectives and mātauranga to inform all aspects of our work.

You will be provided with an amazing work environment, where you will be supported in achieving your deliverables by the Manahautū and a team of advisors passionate about te ao Māori and the taiao. The team work very collaboratively and always enjoy kai and korero!

About you

We are looking for someone who has a range of qualities, including: 

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant area of expertise (e.g Science, Environmental Management, Māori Resource Management or other tertiary qualification with relevant experience)
  • Experience working with Māori and/or matters of interest to Māori, preferably in a NZ public sector environment
  • Experience in analysing and considering information of importance to Māori in a regulatory or environmental management context (desirable, depending on level)
  • Experience communicating Māori matters between applicant communities and Māori
  • Intermediate to Advanced proficiency in te reo Māori (desirable)
  • Some knowledge of Tikanga and Mātauranga Māori
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Good MS Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook) skills are essential.  Knowledge of databases would be an advantage 

Has your career pathway included some but not all of these experiences? We are keen to hear from you if you want to further develop your skills in this exciting space.   

How to apply

For a copy of the Principal Advisor job description please click here. Or contact

For a copy of the Senior Advisor job description please click here. Or contact

Check out the careers section of our website for more information at

Applications close 5pm Monday 11 October 2021

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