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Senior Analyst/Policy Analyst - Mana Taiao

Ministry for the Environment
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
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Senior Policy Analyst PD May 17.docx (Word, 106KB)
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Policy Analyst and Senior Policy Analyst - Mana Taiao

Vacancy 1291565

Closing Date:  11.00pm 25 August 2017


  • A unique team that guides MfE as a Treaty Partner
  • Respected for our strategic view and fresh thinking

The Ministry for the Environment's purpose is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world for our children, their children and their mokopuna.

We are the government's primary advisor on the environment and its relationship to New Zealand's economy. We make sure our environment supports New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural – without compromising it for future generations.   Our environmental stewardship makes a real difference for New Zealanders.

We have a full-time permanent and fixed–term opportunities for innovative, positive and relationship focused Policy and Senior Policy Analysts to join Mana Taiao in our Wellington office.  Mana Taiao is an energetic, experienced and highly motivated team that works at the fore front of MfE's ambition to improve Crown-Maori relationships.  Our work is centred on:

  • developing strong partnerships and fostering relationships and opportunities through collaboration with iwi/Māori;
  • negotiating the environment components of Treaty of Waitangi settlements and implementing settlement commitments;
  • developing policy across the Natural Resources sector from a Māori perspective;
  • supporting MfE staff to weave Māori perspectives into their work.

We are looking for candidates who have

  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and engaging with Māori/iwi.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the confidence to build and maintain relationships with iwi/Māori.
  • Natural curiosity paired with excellent problem solving skills and communication skills;  you will ask questions, listen and understand other's perspectives.  You will use storytelling, insights from data, real life examples and views of end users to shape your work

To be successful in the role of Policy Analyst you will have relevant experience in a policy or engagement role working in central government, local government or the private sector.  A can do attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

To be successful in the role of Senior Policy Analyst you will have significant experience in a policy or engagement role, preferably within central government, local government or the private sector. 

You will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and track record of initiating, building and growing relationships with iwi/Māori and leadership experience including the ability to inspire, influence and build the capability of others.

Applicants are likely to have an academic qualification in economics, policy, social science, environmental science or law.  

We are looking for exceptional candidates whose working style demonstrates:

  • Innovative thinking – Bring fresh thinking and be receptive to others' ideas and ways of working. Problem-solve and advise with impact. Think strategically and consider regulatory and non-regulatory approaches when implementing policy changes.
  • A focus on action – Achieve ambitious goals and operate with a high degree of accountability and judgement.

As an individual you'll have significant drive to continually grow and develop both yourself and those around you. We are a Ministry that invests in the development of its people and in the future you will have opportunities to rotate into other subject areas within the Ministry.

Further information

The Policy Analyst position description is attached for your information.

Salary range:  $48,209 to $79,201
Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

The Senior Policy Analyst position description is attached for your information.

Salary range:  $84,312 to $114,069
Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

If you require further information about this position please contact Lucy Bolton, Manager, Mana Taiao on 0274664634 or by email: 

How to apply

Click on the Apply Online button below to complete the questionnaire and submit along with your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role.

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