Kaitohu Matua Matauranga Maori / Senior Advisor Matauranga Maori

Posted on 26-May-2022  
Application Close Date: 27-May-2022
Job Details
Maori Relations
Position Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Job Reference:

Are you passionate about making a difference for Māori? You'll also enjoy working with a wide range of staff, elected members, mana whenua and Māori communities to change the way we work. 

About the role

In the role of Senior Advisor Mātauranga Māori, you will provide robust specialist advice to enhance the organisation's responsiveness understanding of Mātauranga. A background in organisational development or other advisory support will put you in good stead for work alongside others in Te Hunga Whiriwhiri to provide practical, informed and insightful perspectives and contributions across the breadth of our work at Greater Wellington – from public transport, to biosecurity, from finance to ICT.   

You will lead development of an organisational approach, research, advice, and support for the use of Matauranga across the council to help deliver improved outcomes for māori and achieve Council's statutory responsibilities.

Success in this role will require excellent working relationships with key corporate groups and business groups across the organisation. You will engage directly with Councillors and the Executive Leadership Team and with territorial authority peers in the region and nationwide and in central government agencies. You will establish effective working relationships with mana whenua and Māori representatives, and will work in partnership to enhance understanding of Council business and operations.

You will also guide Council in working with a Māori perspective, including on how Greater Wellington responds to mātauranga Māori and embeds mātauranga into our decision-making. Your proven skills in navigating between different cultural world views and bringing those worlds closer together is a prerequisite. Your ability to operate effectively with a high level of diplomacy, remain neutral, and provide unbiased, well founded advice is a cornerstone to your operational capability for this role.

What you'll bring:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification, or equivalent work experience
  • An excellent working knowledge of Mātauranga
  • Excellent communication to māori and non-māori audiences
  • Experience influencing senior leaders and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with tangata whenua, whānau, marae, hapū and iwi


It is ideal if you have:

  • Fluency in Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori
  • Experience in central or local government context and understands the pressures facing local government


About Greater Wellington:

Every day we put all our energy into protecting and enhancing our region. We carefully balance sustainability with economic growth and protection with expansion.

We're a growing and diverse region, and it's our role to protect our environment while also meeting the cultural, social and economic needs of our communities. We're specifically responsible for environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.

It's about dealing with today and planning for the future, especially with the challenges of climate change.

What we offer:

We're all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does and we provide a range of benefits that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and work commitments:

  • Generous leave allowance
  • Flexible working
  • Medical and trauma insurance
  • “Dress for your day”
  • Subsidised social clubs
  • Modern, new offices in vibrant Cuba Street


How to apply:

Click on the Apply link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information, please contact Brett Cockeram, Manager Māori Outcomes 021 147 4645 or email brett.cockeram@gw.govt.nz

Applications Close: Friday 27 May 2022

All applicants will be required to provide proof of their eligibility to work in New Zealand.


Kaitohu Matua Mātauranga Māori

E kaingākau nui ana koe ki te hāpai i te Māori?  Ka harikoa hoki koe ki te mahi tahi me ngā kaimahi tokomaha, ngā mema, te mana whenua me ngā hapori Māori ki te whakapai ake i ā mātou mahi.


  • He tūranga ki te tautoko i te whakawhanaketanga o ngā kaimahi, o te tōpūtanga tonu
  • He āheinga hoki ki te whakapai ake i ngā āhuatanga mō te Māori, ki tō mātou wāhi mahi me te hapori whānui
  • He ārahi, he tautoko hoki i ngā mahi kaupapa here, rautaki hoki ki tā te Mātauranga Māori titiro, tae atu ki te whakarato i te kaupapa
  • He tūranga ki Te Whanganui a Tara


He whakamārama mō te tūranga

Hei Kaitohu Matua Mātauranga Māori, māu e ārahi ngā tohutohu mātau ki te whakautu tika i ā te tōpūtanga māramatanga ki te Mātauranga.  He tautōhitotanga i roto i te whakatupu tōpūtanga, i te tohutohu rānei e rite ai koe ki te mahi tahi ki Te Hunga Whiriwhiri ki te tuku whakaaro e pā ana ki te mahinga, ki te mōhiotanga, ki te māramatanga hoki me te takoha ki ā mātou wāhanga katoa ki Te Pane Matua Taiao – mai i te waka whenua tūmatanui, ki te haumaru koiora, mai i te ahumoni ki te ICT.

Māu e para te huarahi whakatupu tōpūtanga, te rangahau, te tohutohu, te tautoko hoki ki te whakamahi i te Mātauranga, huri i te kaunihera kia pai ake ai ngā hua mō te Māori me te whakatutuki i ngā herenga ā-ture o te Kaunihera.

Kia angitū ai tēnei tūranga me hiranga te whakawhanaungatanga ki ngā rangatōpū matua me ngā rōpū pakihi huri i te tōpūtanga.  Ka kotahi atu koe ki ngā Kaikaunihera me te Rūnanga Whāiti, ki ngā kaihāpai takiwā i roto i te rohe, i te motu whānui tae noa ki ngā umanga kāwanatanga.  Ka whakatūria e koe ngā mahinga tahitanga pakari me te mana whenua, me ngā māngai Māori, ā, ka mahi tahi ki te whakamārama ake i te mōhiotanga mō ngā mahi me ngā whakahaere o te Kaunihera.

Māu anō e ārahi te Kaunihera kia whakatupuria tō mātou māia ki te ahurea Māori, tae noa ki ngā urupare o Te Pane Matua Taiao ki te mātauranga Māori me te tuituinga o te mātauranga ki roto i ā mātou whakataunga.  Kia taunga kē koe ki ngā āronga ao me te tuitui i ngā āronga.  Me manawanui koe kia whakahangahanga, kia ngākau tapatahi e taea ai te tohutohu me te ārahi rangatira ngā mahi.  He mea nui ēnei mō tēnei tūranga.

Ko ngā pūkenga ōu:

  • He tohu mātauranga e hāngai ana, he tautōhitotanga mahi rānei
  • He tau kē ōu pūkenga Mātauranga
  • Kei runga noa atu koe ki te whakawhitiwhiti ki ngā huinga Māori, huinga tāngata kē
  • Taunga kē koe ki te whakaaweawe i ngā kaiārahi matua me te hunga whaipānga
  • Taunga kē hoki koe ki te whakawhirinaki ki te tangata whenua, ki te whānau, ki te marae, ki te hapū, ki te iwi.

Ko te painga atu mehemea:

  • E mātau ana koe ki Te Reo me ōna tikanga Māori
  • He mōhiotanga ki ngā huringa o te kāwanatanga ā-rohe me te mārama ki ngā taumahatanga ki runga i te kāwanatanga ā-rohe.

Ko ā mātou painga

He tini ā mātou painga pērā i te āhua o te mahi kia āwhinatia ngā kaimahi ki te whakataurite i tō rātou āhua noho me ā rātou mahi.  He mea nui hoki ki a mātou ko te whakatupu pūkenga i roto i ngā mahinga katoa o te kaunihera.

Me pēhea e tono ai

Mehemea he reka ēnei kōrero ki a koe, whāia te hononga i raro nei ki te pānui i te rārangi mahi me te tono ki tēnei tūranga.  Homai tētahi reta whakamārama e whakaatu mai ai i te take e pīrangi ana koe ki te piri mai ki a mātou, ā, māu, mā tō noho mai ka aha. 

Mō ētahi kōrero anō, whakapā atu ki a Brett Cockeram 021 147 4645, ki tōna imēra rānei brett.cockeram@gw.govt.nz