Senior Advisor, Māori Growth

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a government agency which works within government and communities to achieve our vision of Thriving Whānau.

Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) is a government agency which works within government and communities to achieve our vision of Thriving Whānau.

The wellbeing of whānau, hapū and iwi is central to the future wellbeing of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The very broad role of Te Puni Kōkiri, our access to information and ability to make connections, make us ideally placed to spark innovation.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advisor to join our team in Wellington, to help us lead the way in developing government operational policy and investment design in a whānau centered way.

This is your opportunity to enhance the reputation of Te Puni Kōkiri with Māori, the state sector and government, by brining your Te ao Māori perspective to your work and your ability to work comfortably in government, and with whānau, hapū and iwi.

The core purpose of Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, is to support Government to strengthen Treaty of Waitangi partnerships and facilitate iwi, hapū and whānau Māori to succeed at home and globally.

Te Puni Kōkiri oversees $300 million in initiatives fostered to support Māori development outcomes.  The Investment Te Puni is responsible for ensuring that Te Puni Kōkiri is strategic, agile and works to ensure that they are active in making things happen, accountable and can articulate the results for investment decisions for these initiatives.

Te Puni Kōkiri is seeking to appoint to the positon of Senior Advisor, Māori Growth in the Investment Te Puni based in the Wellington National Office.

Purpose & role

The Senior Advisor will contribute to the delivery of outcomes with a strong focus on building relationships and working as part of a team to deliver on the portfolio of investment, you will

  • Manage projects to support the operations of the Māori Housing Network, including the development of specialist training resources
  • Lead the preparation of Ministerial briefings and advice in relation to the housing investment programme
  • Co-ordinate input of the operational perspective of the Māori Housing Network within  briefings and Cabinet Papers developed within Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Represent the Māori Housing Network in meetings with other agencies and organisations
  • Contribute to the evaluation of whether housing and community development investments are delivering the intended impacts 
  • Provide accurate and timely data about housing investment to other Puni for organisational planning and reporting purposes
  • Prepare and contribute to responses to Ministerials, OIAs, and PQs and other information requests

Key to success will be the applicant’s ability to:

  • Champion effective use of planning and project management disciplines to support their work
  • A high standard of written and verbal communication
  • Strong critical reasoning
  • Understanding the government and the public service
  • Strong relationships management and values diverse experience and experience
  • Has public sector contract experience and understanding of the business sector
  • Comfort in working in a tikanga / kaupapa Māori environment, a degree of fluency in Te Reo Māori would be of benefit

How to Apply

Download a copy of the job description and application form for the role below.

To apply, please email your CV, Covering letter and a completed application form to

Applications close 5pm Friday 16 August 2019.




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