Kaitohutohu Whakawhanake Whakahaere Matua Māori - Senior Maori OD Advisor

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Senior Māori Advisor – Organisational Development 

  • Work programme that strengthens our organisational cultural capability
  • Implementing Whāinga Amorangi
  • Flexible working to support your work-life balance

Our purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation – be part of this exciting journey. 

Mō tēnei tūrangi mahi | About this role 

Our programme of work is focussed on strengthening our organisational culture, capability, and systems.  We are embarking on a journey to incorporate Mātauranga Māori into our wider programme of work to meet the Ministry's overall people strategy (Tangata Ora). This work includes the implementation of Whāinga Amorangi (Māori – Crown Relations Capability Strategy) and the development of our Māori capability framework, as well as supporting the Kaiako Te Ara Reo Māori (Te reo Māori Learning Facilitator).

In this role you will lead a variety of complex and challenging organisational and learning and development initiatives that contribute to a wider commitment to improve the Ministry's relationship with our Treaty partners.  You will support these new ways of working/thinking through embedding new practices. The work is varied, so prioritising work demands for impact of the strategy is key to the success of the role.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience 

We are looking for an individual who is confident/competent with Mātauranga Māori, as well as knowledge of Te Reo and organisational development (OD) and learning and development (L&D) experience.

You will be a natural at whakawhanaungatanga, working collaboratively and possess a natural curiosity for organisational development. Your ability to awhi staff to become champions of Te Ao Hurihuri in their respective work programmes is essential.

You will also bring:  

  • Demonstrated experience and comfort to provide advice in at least two of the following:
    • Te Ao Māori: Tikanga/kawa, pūtaiao Māori, mātauranga o te taiao or other mātauranga
    • Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
    • Te Ao Kāwantanga: human resources, organisational development, change management, and project management
  • Ability to partner effectively with leaders, colleagues who are leading the transition to our new way of working, to establish credibility and relationships of influence.
  • An ability to understand business process quickly and provide advice that benefits Māori-Crown relations is essential.
  • Commitment to working in a way that maintains the mana of others, Te Tiriti partnership and naturally builds whanaungatanga and demonstrates manaaki.
  • An understanding of the machinery of government is desirable.
  • Learning & Development qualification or equivalent experience.

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
  • agile working, allowing variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • 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.  In your cover letter, please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.  

If you require further information about this position, please contact Ngaire Howes at Ngaire.howes@mfe.govt.nz  

Salary range: $110,872 to $135,510 pa.  Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.  

Rā Katinga | Applications close: Sunday, 24 October 2021

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