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Senior Policy Analyst

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

About the team…

Growing and protecting Māori primary sector assets contributes directly to the development of New Zealand's regional economies. MPI believes that assisting Māori make the most of their assets will lead to economic growth for the nation.

The Māori Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Directorate works with Māori to realise cultural, social, environmental and economic outcomes by facilitating growth of Māori primary sector assets.

We work alongside Māori land owners to identify and explore the right opportunities to develop or diversify their primary sector assets, both individually and collectively where scale leads to better outcomes.  We do this in conjunction with our colleagues across the Agriculture and Investment Services Business Unit and the wider organisation as well as other government agencies.

Our people work with Māori groups and communities to understand, articulate and inform how they can increase primary productivity on their whenua.

About the role…

We are looking for an experienced senior policy analyst to join our Directorate.  Reporting to the Regional Manager, you will be involved in and in some cases lead, policy work which is about growing Māori primary sector assets.

The job will be varied. In any given week you may be involved in policy advice to the Minister, working with other government agencies or parts of MPI, supporting our regional staff to deliver core primary sector funding initiatives, and analysing options to improve capacity and capability of Māori entities to increase the value of their primary sector assets.

Importantly, the successful candidate will be joining our Directorate at an incredibly exciting time. We have been successful in securing further resource to better support Māori land owners. Our focus is now firmly focussed on making sure we realise tangible benefits for Māori land owners.

Key Skills / Experience

Your knowledge of the primary sector is important since you'll be involved in policy work that is about 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.

A good understanding of Māori tikanga and kawa is a must. Having a degree of confidence with te reo Māori would be a real advantage.

If you have strategic vision, can establish and build relationships skilfully, and are looking for an opportunity to contribute to greater Māori prosperity – this role could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

Specifically, we are looking for someone who has:

  • The intellectual capability to analyse complex issues and provide sound advice.
  • 5+ years of policy experience, who can think strategically and use evidence to inform their work.
  • 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
  • Superb communication and influencing skills and who can work collaboratively within MPI, across government and with our wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering high quality policy advice.
  • A willingness to provide intellectual and professional leadership to others.
  • Sound judgement, integrity and discretion.
  • Experience and knowledge of tikanga Māori (with te reo Māori being a real advantage)
  • 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

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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