Kaitohu Tūmuaki Pāpāho - Principal Advisor Communications

Te Whanganui a Tara – Wellington

He Whānau Taurikura – Thriving Whānau

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a government agency that works across Government and with whānau, hapū, iwi and other Māori communities to achieve our vision of Thriving Whānau.

The wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and other Māori communities is central to the future wellbeing of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We seek to expand social and economic prosperity for Māori by connecting them with opportunities that create growth and enhance the resilience of whānau.

We bring innovation to our key role of leading work in policy and legislative change that will deliver improved outcomes for Māori. 

We are looking for a Principal Advisor, Communications to join our team based in Wellington. 

In this role you will contribute to the enhancement of the Ministry’s reputation with Māori, the Public Sector, Media and Government by providing advice and support across Te Puni Kōkiri for the planning, development and delivery of communications.

You will work with the Communications Manager and other members of the team to ensure that communications promote the Ministry’s reputation and achievements. The position is to support both internal and external communication needs, and includes ensuring the Te Puni Kōkiri communications function works effectively in collaboration with our Policy, Investment and Regional Partnerships staff.

Travel will be required in this role to support the communications needs of our regional infrastructure, Minister or Executive Team.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and proven current experience in communications or other relevant discipline
  • A knowledge and expertise of communication planning principles and media engagement theory and practice.
  • Significant experience in Public Service Communications
  • A strong understanding of Te Ao Māori and either a degree of fluency or commitment to te reo Māori
  • Experience working with Iwi, hapū, whānau, Māori organisations and Māori communities
  • Well-developed relationship management skills to work with a broad range of people including senior management, staff, external media and external contractors
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a complex and politically sensitive environment
  • Understanding the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to the work being undertaken
  • Comfortable working in a Tikanga / kaupapa Māori environment.

To download a copy of the job description and application form for the role, please see below.

To apply please email your CV, covering letter and a completed application form to vacancy@tpk.govt.nz.

Applications close Sunday 28 April 2019.


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