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Senior Advisor - Māori Partnerships

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Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.


We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse, and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

We have an amazing opportunity for someone with a background in cultural capability building to join our Māori Partnerships team as a Senior Advisor. This team is responsible for providing quality advice, strategic support and leadership throughout all levels of Council, including directly to the Chief Executive, senior leadership team and wider staff in order to enable effective partnerships and engagement with tangata whenua across our region. They also ensure that the Council is informed of Māori perspectives and is meeting its Māori-specific statutory and Treaty Settlement obligations in the work that it undertakes.


About the role:

We want to build the cultural capability of our staff so that they feel empowered to engage with tangata whenua in a competent and mana enhancing manner. The Senior Advisor will play a vital role in educating HBRC staff while providing input into the development & review of a cultural monitoring framework. These tools will ultimately ensure that we are monitoring the effectiveness of regional plans from a Māori values perspective. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the development and delivery of training and guidance to staff on best practice engagement and increasing cultural capability at HBRC.

Please see the job description for more information.


About you:

You will have outstanding interpersonal communication skills and the confidence and knowledge to go out to our stakeholders to build effective, positive relationships. A high level of proficiency in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga would be advantageous. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • An applied knowledge and experience in tangata whenua engagement within both urban and rural settings
  • An understanding of all related legislative requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and Local Government Act 2002.
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a cultural advisor role in the public or private sector, or something similar.
  • A demonstrated ability to easily develop and foster critical relationships with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders.
  • The ability to initiate and engage effectively at all levels, internally and externally, with strong engagement and facilitation skills.

The salary range for this role is between $92,610 to $102,900 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is an Accredited Employer with Immigration New Zealand.

We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.

If you are interested in joining the HBRC whanau, please apply on Seek.

11 August 2022

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