Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Māori
Northland Regional Council
10h ago

Kaiwhakahaere Hononga Māori

Permanent - 37.5hrs)

Whangarei, New Zealand

Reference : 5735866

  • 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
  • We are the carers for Northland's environment and community. Are you one of us?

    A few things you should know about Northland Regional Council... we aren't about parking tickets, roading, building consents or any of that stuff! Our work is ultimately about working together to care for our region's incredible environment and many communities, matching our skills and resources with the vision and aspirations of our people.

    Toitū te whenua, toitū te moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive.

    The opportunity awaits...

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

    This position is pivotal in facilitating collaboration across council and iwi and hapū 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.

    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 to 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 rapidly represent these views to council.

    Advancing the implementation of NRC's 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 skillset, and relevant people experience so that you have others journey with you, inspire and mentor.

    You will also ensure that knowledge, environmental and other significant issues for Māori as tangata whenua, including 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, trends and initiatives, are all available to help shape council's plans, operational activities, and decisions.

    Do you have what it takes? / Are you up for it?

    We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool :

  • 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 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 the council's plans, operational activities, and decisions.

    We don't just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE to do a GREAT job and has a passion for what our organisation and values stand for.

    That's why at NRC, we understand that sometimes the right person doesn't 'tick all the boxes'. If you don't fit the mould exactly, but truly believe you can help provide strategic advice and guidance on issues of significance to Māori and drive collaborative relationships, representation, and response at a regional level, then tell us. We'll consider it.

    What's in it for you?

    We'll pay you to do a job you love, and we also care about our staff. Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here.

    We celebrate our efforts, share wedding / baby pictures, host many shared morning teas, enjoy outings, annual fishing competitions and brunches, and have a lot of fun together.

    We have an active social club that comes up with great ideas.

    We also walk the talk when it comes to flexible working. We have remote workers, home workers, part-time workers, condensed weeks and more.

    We support our staff during the good and hard times, but if you're also interested in the tangible stuff, we have that too - check out our benefits here.

    What's next?

    Need more information? To apply or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your updated CV and covering letter through to heather manarecruitment.co.nz

    Applications close at 5.00pm, 6 December 2021 and must be submitted to heather manarecruitment.co.nz .

    Applicants for this position should have NZ residency / citizenship or valid NZ work visa.

    It 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.

    Applications Close : 06 Dec 2021

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