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Senior Adviser - Māori Regional Initiatives, Napier / lower East Coast of the North Island

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description


The Ministry for Primary Industries is looking for a Senior Adviser to join the Agriculture & Investment Services (AIS). Reporting to the Regional Manager, you will be working towards increasing primary sector assets by connecting people with resources. 

The Māori Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Directorate is responsible for contributing to the identification and implementation of viable primary sector economic development opportunities through the provision of information, intelligence and advice on issues specific to Māori; for ensuring MPI and AIS are well connected and engaged with relevant Māori fora, initiatives and people; and for providing advice and informing MPI on Māori-related issues and impacts. 

If you know how to develop relationships, have knowledge of te reo Māori and can add value through thought leadership and writing good documents we would love to speak with you.  Success in this role is the ability to be strategic and identify opportunities, and engage with existing and new clients.

Your knowledge of the primary sector is important since you'll be connecting individuals, whanau, hapū and iwi to programmes and funds in order to use their land and make it profitable. Understanding and staying on top of economic development in this sector is critical.

An understanding of Māori tikanga and kawa and being comfortable on marae is critical, along with proven business acumen that you can use to partner with national and regional Māori to enable sustainable use of natural resources.

If you have strategic vision, can establish and build relationships skilfully, and are looking for an opportunity to benefit the regional and national primary sector landscape – this role could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Key Skills / Experience

Bring your tertiary degree (economics, management, law, government, resource management, biological sciences, etc.) and/or corresponding / relevant work experience along:

  • Experience working in the primary sector or related industry or science based organisation
  • Experience and knowledge of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori to facilitate consultation processes and to effectively present information to different Māori groups
  • Experience in relationship management, including ability to build effective networks internally and externally
  • Understanding of the:
  • primary production sector and rural community issues and impacts
  • legislation and government policy affecting agriculture and the impacts on agriculture
  • impact on New Zealand agriculture of international trading issues
  • Experience of applying a range of generalist and specialist skills including relationship management and project management to deliver a range of functions
  • Understanding the Crown's obligations to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi and other statutes as they relate to natural resources
  • Previous experience working effectively with Ministers, select committees and an understanding of the machinery of government
  • Sound understanding of the primary sector innovation and industry-development context
  • Sound writing computer and literacy skills
  • Facilitation skills

Our mahi stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this is it.

If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our link below!

How to Apply:

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion on 04 894 0908 or email

Applications close: Sunday 21 July 2019.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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