Director - Public Health

Waikato District Health Board

  • Permanent
  • Waikato

Director - Public Health 

Job Number: WAI18917 

Description - External

Where you’ll be working: Māori Equity & Health Improvement Directorate, Waikato DHB.
The details: Permanent, 40 hours per week.

An opportunity that you can’t miss! Come and join our whānau!

About the service:
To achieve the aspirations we have for the health and wellbeing of whānau in our community, the Māori Equity & Health Improvement Directorate is strengthening its capability to:

  • Provide tikanga based manaakitanga to whānau engaging the health system;
  • Accelerate improvements in our populations health, especially within our Māori and Pacific communities;
  • Champion Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to proactively support our DHBs Te Tiriti related goals and aspirations particularly in our support of the Iwi Māori Council and their goals and aspirations;
  • Champion the use and valuing of Mātauranga Māori, Tikanga Māori and Te Ao Māori intelligence within our DHB; 
  • Strive for excellence in the delivery of our public health function in accordance with the expectations of the Ministry of Health, the aspirations and needs of our community and particularly in relation to our DHBs response to Covid-19;
  • Strive to achieve a workforce that reflects the community  we serve and in particular grow, retain and develop our future Māori and Pacific health workforce.

About the role:

  • Authorised to deliver the accountabilities required of the Director – Public Health including meeting the key performance indicators (KPIs) established annually with the Executive Director Māori Equity and Health Improvement.
  • Lead and manage the Public Health Unit (PHU) response to COVID-19, which includes chairing the PHU COVID-19 Advisory, Preparedness and Support (CAPS) governance group and ensuring CAPS operational functions are fulfilled during preparedness and response. 
  • Set and ensure that the strategic objectives of the PHU are achieved in accordance with our Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and our aspirations to achieve health and equity outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples.
  • Lead and manage the PHU strategic projects and work programmes to improve public & population health outcomes that positively contributes to healthy and resilient communities.
  • Proactively support and where appropriate lead the re-alignment of public health systems in Waikato DHB in accordance with future health reforms.  and our obligation to provide effective high quality, responsive and sustainable public health services.
  • Manage the development, delivery and reporting of the PHU component of the DHB annual plan and Ministry of Health contracts.
  • Ensure budgets based on production and performance plans are developed, working with the Executive Director to balance forecast growth or reductions in service levels, and organisational imperatives for investment or disinvestment.

We offer you:

  • The opportunity to join a high performing and innovative team;
  • The opportunity to grow your Te Ao Māori capability in a safe and supportive environment;
  • An opportunity to positively influence and proactively support our community intersectoral agenda and achievement of equitable health outcomes;
  • A whānau focused and supportive team environment;
  • A comprehensive orientation programme;
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities;
  • An opportunity to develop,influence and positively contribute to our strategy for population health, Māori and Pacific Health within the DHB.

Required skills and experience:

Qualifications :

  • Bachelor qualification in Health, Business Management or other relevant discipline.


  • PHD, Masters Degree.
  • A relevant clinical qualification.


        ·        Fluent in Te Reo or committed to developing to fluency – Tikanga and Mātauranga Māori.

        ·        At least five years’ experience in Public Health / Public Policy / Health Improvement/ Māori Health and/or Pacific Health.

        ·        Experience in developing and/or improving models of service delivery to address Māori/Pacific inequities.

        ·        Advanced practical understanding and knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

        ·        Demonstrated leadership, and relationship management.

        ·        In depth knowledge in Tikanga, best practice, and in relationship to the Kiingitanga.

        ·        Understanding of the Health system as it relates to the Waikato region specifically.

Why us:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) serves the largest Māori and 3rd largest Pacific people’s population in the country.  We strive to see an employment population reflective of our community demographic. We are one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa. 

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology. 

We also have one of the larger Public health units in the country that needs a new and capable Director.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Your application:

Please apply directly online, and click here to review the position description. Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the role please contact Aleisha Mahy in the Recruitment Team through email    

Position Description

Application closing date: 1 November 2021


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  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga

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