Kaitātari Kaupapa Here Matua | Senior Policy Analyst - Treaty Partnerships

Ministry for the Environment

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Multiple Location Options
  • Seeking motivated Senior Analyst who can think strategically
  • Newly created business group
  • Fixed Term until December 2022 with the potential to extend

As leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental system we ensure tāngata whenua are able to influence and lead the recovery of Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental wellbeing.

To ensure this, the Ministry for the Environment has recently established a new business group – Tūmatakōkiri. 

Like a Tūmatakōkiri (star), our role is to foretell and foresee upcoming conditions but to ensure we stay the course, mitigating any possible challenges ahead. We work to ensure the Ministry is setup for long term success, with systems and processes that enable us to deliver on our Te Tiriti obligations, as well as our aspirations and commitment to work with Māori to co-produce policy.

Our focus is not only to ensure we are able to ‘bring the Treaty of Waitangi and te ao Māori into our work everyday', but that we articulate what actions need to happen, what systems need to change, and what skills we need in the Ministry to ensure we can do that.

We operate on the values of Manaakitanga, Whakapapa, Mana Manaaki, Tangata Whenuatanga, Korero Awhi and Tikanga.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

As a Senior Policy Analyst (Kaitātari Kaupapa Here Matua) you will support the delivery of the Ministry's objectives by leading the development of high-quality, innovative, evidence-based policy interactions and policy frameworks in new, contentious, sensitive or complex areas or issues.

You will be given responsibility to lead a variety of complex and challenging work in order to support your own professional development. You will contribute to the policy professionalism of the Ministry by supporting the development of less-experienced staff through mentoring, coaching and effective leadership of policy development.

You will be expected to identify as policy practitioners, first and foremost, and will apply your core skills to a wide range of policy issues. The role provides for rotation among teams across multiple policy development projects in response to policy demands and individual development needs.. You'll primarily focus on:

  • Deliver high-quality, accurate research and analytical assessment and products to support the delivery of the Ministry's and Government's objectives
  • Help lead on the development and delivery of high-quality policy related to Māori rights and interests within a complex and challenging policy space, often on new, contentious, sensitive or complex areas or issues where the scope is often unclear
  • Contribute to strategic conversations internally and possibly externally, on issues spanning the environment and economy relating to te Tiriti o Waitangi to develop effective policy that will achieve long-term behavioural change

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience 

  • Commitment to developing your cultural capability and capacity in te ao Māori
  • An academic qualification in economics, social science, policy, or law.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the role of te Tiriti o Waitangi in policy development
  • Substantial experience (usually a minimum of 5 years in a policy role) likely gained through developing complex policy within the public sector
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work across team boundaries and issues

Mō mātou | About us

The Ministry for the Environment purpose is - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.  


  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • training to engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner which includes te reo me ona tikanga
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • a strong Professional Development programme.          

We continue to strengthen our Tiriti partnerships for the betterment of te Taiao and be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.    

Salary range for this role is $101,802 – $124,424.  Appointment within these ranges will be based on skills and experience. 

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we are shortlisting applications when they are received.

If you require further information about the role please contact Maree Kleinlangevelsloo at maree.kleinlangevelsloo@mfe.govt.nz

Rā Katinga | Applications close: 22 October 2021

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