Pou Ārahi o Perehipitiriāna Āwhina – Chief Māori Advisor

Presbyterian Support Northern

  • Full Time
  • Auckland

Foster an organisational culture that promotes inclusion, cultural competence, strong ethical practices, and accountability

  • Build strategic relationships with Māori.
  • Provide expert advice on tikanga, kawa and mātauranga.
  • Pivotal, Senior position – reporting to the CEO.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?

Perehipitiriāna Āwhina – Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) is one of NZ’s largest not-for-profit service providers that provides social and health and disability services for New Zealand’s most vulnerable people, including victims of family violence, tamariki and whānau, older people, and those with disabilities and injuries. Operating across the upper North Island, their vision is ‘A better life for everyone’, which means they are there for whānau and communities, with the goal of transforming generations.

PSN is the parent organisation for some of New Zealand’s well-known Support Services and has four main service delivery divisions, including.

  • Enliven – provides home and community-based support for older and disabled
  • Shine – provides a range of crisis and programme services to help victims of domestic violence become safe, and perpetrators to change their behaviour.
  • Lifeline – provides a 24/7 helpline for people experiencing distress, together with services to businesses and communities to upskill, support and activate community connection.
  • Family Works – provides social work and counselling support to tamariki and whānau, particularly in the school setting, around family violence and whānau resilience.

These services are offered to all in  the community, regardless of age, background, or religious belief. PSN draws from its proud heritage of Christian values and continues to work closely with the Presbyteries and others, to be flexible and responsive in meeting the needs of whānau and communities.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position

The newly created position of Pou Ārahi o Perehipitiriāna Āwhina is a key advisor to the CEO and Board of Trustees in delivering on Presbyterian Support Northern’s (PSN’s) commitment to tangata whenua and to the principles, and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

A pivotal member of the Leadership Team, you will work in close partnership with the CEO to weave Te Ao Māori through every aspect of PSN’s strategy, leadership, and culture as well as operations and professional practice. Providing superb leadership, you will set about building strategic relationships with mana whenua, mataawaka, and other Māori organisations across PSN’s rohe, and represent PSN at national hui and with key stakeholder groups.

Responsible for developing Māori Strategy, you will provide expert cultural advice to the CEO, Leadership Team, Board and other People and Professional Practice Leaders. Weaving Te Ao Māori throughout PSN’s organisational culture, operations, and service, you will actively support the cultural safety of PSN’s Rangatira and kaimahi, including Kaitakawaenga and haukāinga, through the provision of expert advice on tikanga, kawa and mātauranga.

Charged with the co-development with the Chair of PSN’s Professional Practice Advisory Group (PPAG), you will champion external practice advisors and support the ongoing development and review of excellence in PSN’s professional practice through a Te Ao Māori lens. Implementing a stakeholder plan with the intent to lift its strategic engagement and relationships with Māori will see you develop and maintain strong external networks, whilst ensuring PSN engages in culturally appropriate ways in all its relationships and interactions with Māori.

Where appropriate, you will also act as media spokesperson for Māori-related matters across all of PSN’s services, and have the confidence to address a large demographic audience with decisiveness and resolve.

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

A tertiary qualification is highly desirable, as is experience working within an NGO, NZ health and  disability or social services sectors.

Skills, experience, and competencies required for application are to include:

  • Proven skills as a senior executive and people leader to a level where you can advise, be challenged, and keep others culturally safe.
  • Have high levels of self-motivation, be self-confident and self-directing, with the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Experience working across traditional and social media and the skill set to conduct and facilitate public presentations.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and experience communicating with Boards, senior managers and staff, partners, and suppliers.
  • A professional and ethical manner, able to exercise a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Humility, and the natural capability to uplift the mana of others.

Proficiency in te reo alongside of an understanding of the application of mātauranga Māori within workplaces is an absolute requirement for this position. Remuneration is positioned to attract applicants with a demonstrated skill base, and a high-level cultural competency.

Te tono – How to apply:

To apply or to enquire further in confidence, contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on + 64 9 632 1108 or email heather@manarecruitment.co.nz for a Position Description.

Applications close:  Monday 11th July 2022 at 5.00pm.


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