Senior Advisor – Te Amorangi

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

  • Bay of Plenty

Thriving together – mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata.

Our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

  • Help to integrate a Te Ao Māori lens across environmental and local government frameworks.
  • Permanent, full-time role. 
  • Location is flexible – choose to be based in Whakatāne, Tauranga or Rotorua. 

Te Amorangi (Māori Policy) proudly lead Bay of Plenty Council Toi Moana to build strategic partnerships with Māori in our region.  We are a team who are passionate about integrating Mātauranga and Te Ao Māori perspectives throughout our organisation and have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advisor to join us.

We are looking for a strategic thinker with strong analytical skills and experience, who is able to use their skills to apply a Te Ao Māori lens across local government operations.

As a Senior Advisor, reporting to the Kaihautu – Te Amorangi Lead, you will provide specialist advice and leadership on strategic kaupapa Māori for Council, with a particular focus on emerging opportunities within the Māori partnerships, shared decision making and co-governance space, and the implementation of associated work programmes.

Ō pūmanawa | Your skills and experience

You may be seeking an opportunity to apply your experience to emerging and strategic opportunities in the Māori Partnerships space, and on issues including iwi capability and capacity development, environmental reforms, planning and policy development.

You may also be still building your capacity and capabilities with Tikanga and Te Reo; what is most important is your desire to continue to strengthen this to highly competent levels on the job over time.

Ideally, you will: 

  • Have at least 5 years’ experience and proven research, problem solving and strategic advisory skills on a wide range of complex issues, ideally within local government.
  • Have proven ability to interpret and convey complex subject matter for Māori and Council equally, to facilitate a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding.
  • Be able to demonstrate a good understanding of regional and national issues affecting Māori, and be able to assess risks and opportunities from both a Council and Māori perspective.
  • Be a strong relationship builder, with insight and understanding of the importance of Councils relationships with regional hapū/iwi.
  • Have a minimum of a Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (law, resource management, Māori development, social science), or a demonstrated equivalent body of knowledge.

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport and economic development. A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment. We manage the effects of people’s use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water. However, we also have a broader responsibility with others for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.

We are a values-driven organisation that really cares about people.  Highlights of working at Toi Moana include:

  • Being part of a high performing and collaborative team.
  • Varied and challenging work that makes a real impact on the community and environment.
  • Opportunities for growth, learning and development.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A competitive remuneration and holiday leave package, including extra paid leave over Christmas/New Year.

This is a permanent role and we are flexible with the locality of the role – choose to be based in Whakatāne, Tauranga or Rotorua. 

Me pēhea te tuku tono |How to apply

Click APPLY NOW or contact Herewini Simpson, Kaihautu – Te Amorangi Lead on 0800 884 881 x8329 for a confidential discussion . 

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NB: To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand and also a current, valid driver’s licence.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 26 August 2022 and will only be accepted online.



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