Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Māori

Northland Regional Council

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t is important for applicants to know that Northland Regional Council is currently undergoing a health and safety risk assessment to determine the risks of COVID-19 in our workplace and whether vaccinations are inherent to ensuring the health and safety of our team and customers. This role is subject to the risk assessment and, depending on the outcome, may need to be completed by a fully vaccinated individual.

Well-connected within iwi and hapū of Te Tai Tokerau. Provide strategic advice and guidance on issues of significance to Māori. Drive collaborative relationships, representation, and response at regional level.

  • Experience in working with Māori and others in environmental and planning spaces.
  • Represent Mana Whenua to gain an understanding of local iwi interests, aims and aspirations.
  • Lead and implement a Māori responsiveness framework.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?

Northland Regional Councils’ vision underpins everything they do.

Vision – Our Northland. Together we thrive.

Their Mission is to; work together to create a healthy environment, strong economy, and resilient communities. Cornerstone values are;

  • Strong, decisive leadership
  • One high performing team
  • Customer focused
  • Integrity – honest and open
  • Transparent and accountable

A position has been created, which is pivotal in order to facilitate collaboration across Council and iwi to deliver to Council’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as to grow relationships between tangata whenua and council, ensuring voices are heard and meaningful engagement is had.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position  

The strategic intent of this position is to lead the Māori engagement team, to build high trust relationships between council and tangata whenua and to provide specialist advice and guidance to council. Enabling effective engagement and meaningful participation by tangata whenua in council’s activities, you will be positioning yourself, ensuring Council is aware of local and national Māori related initiatives and able recommend aspects for adoption into council plans and operations.

Furthermore, you will ensure council is well informed of Māori perspectives and is meeting its legislative and cultural responsibilities to, and for Māori. Developing effective relationships and networks with iwi, hapū and whānau ensuring Council’s obligations under the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are met.  Cross organisationally, you will add enhancements via your cultural advice, making certain that there are appropriate, and fit for purpose engagement protocols developed and adhered to by members of the team, and by the wider organisation.

Intrinsic to this position, is your natural skill to develop real, meaningful, and high trust relationships, fostering confidence with iwi and hapū, understanding aspirations, and honouring past concerns. The aim is to journey together, keeping communication channels proactive, being able to temperature check and be responsive to concerns, and rapidity represent these views to Council. Advancing the implementation of the

NRC Māori Responsiveness Framework – Te Whāriki, will also see you developing and running specific internal Māori cultural and engagement training.  Reporting to the GM Governance and Engagement, this  is a unique and vital position that will call out to those with a superior cultural competence, who can authentically engage, and is able to demonstrate and promote the value of tikanga Māori in a humble and uplifting way. Leading a small team, you will have the skill set, and relevant people experience so that you have others journey with you, inspire and mentor.

Ensuring that knowledge environmental and significant issues for Māori as tangata whenua include iwi and hapū contexts such as Treaty settlements and the political landscape is available to better inform council’s plans. This will include its overall operational activities, and decisions, to ensure a high level of technical knowledge within specialist Māori planning areas. In particular, legislative requirements, Treaty settlements, planning requirements, case law, national policy, issues, and trends and initiatives, are all available to help shape council’s plans, operational activities, and decisions.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Wheako – Essential skills/experiences for the role

Significant experience working with iwi and hapū in a Te Tai Tokerau setting is required for application. A Tertiary qualification is highly desirable, this may however be offset by considerable, relevant experience. All applicants must be able to display significant cultural competency, driven by their own personal mana and passion to bring about change.

Skills, knowledge, and experience required for application include:

  • A demonstrated understanding, and hands on experience of the context of local government and their legislative responsibilities to Māori.
  • Significant capability and fluency in Te Reo Māori and full immersion within Te Ao Māori.
  • Knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, practical application of principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a corporate setting.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a role with similar drivers and expected outcomes, ideally with previous New Zealand local or central government experience.
  • An understanding of the political, economic, and regulatory environment applicable to New Zealand local authorities, including the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation, and collaboration, with the ability to influence, persuade and inspire others to achieve results.
  • Able to demonstrate the proven ability to work collaboratively to develop and maintain highly effective relationships.
  • Demonstrated management level decision-making, planning and motivation skills.
  • The proven skills to empower and uplift the mana of others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to influence and enable change.
  • Great presentation and oratory skills, able to write deliver and facilitate training.

You will be tasked with developing and running of internal Māori cultural and engagement training. As such, you will enjoy engaging and presenting in front of others and have a level of comfort working from the boardroom to the Marae. Overarching to the position is the skill to properly represent, knowledge, environmental and significant issues for Māori as tangata whenua are included in iwi and hapū contexts such as Treaty settlements. The position will also require a strong technical knowledge within specialist Māori planning areas, including legislative requirements, Treaty settlements, planning requirements, and case law, to support and shape council’s plans, operational activities, and decisions.

Remuneration is positioned to attract a high calibre of skill set and culturally relevant experience.

Te tono – How to apply:

To apply or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close on: Monday 6th of December at 5.00pm

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