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Manager, Partnering with Iwi/Māori - National Office

Ministry of Social Development
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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About MSD

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  MSD provides policy advice, and delivers social services and assistance to young people, working age people, older people, and families, whānau and communities.  We work directly with New Zealanders of all ages to improve their social wellbeing.

About our Team 

Partnerships and Programmes focus on building strong and resilient whānau, hapu, iwi and communities utilising a range of prevention, community and social development approaches which lead to sustainable and long term outcomes.  

About the Role 

The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table.   For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.

The Manager Partnering with iwi/Māori will manage MSD's Crown/Māori partnerships and relationships, to ensure that MSD meets post-settlement commitments that are aimed at supporting social wellbeing outcomes for Iwi/Māori.  You will also help define MSD's new approach to supporting iwi/Māori aspirations in this new Crown/Māori environment, and will lead the reshaping of how MSD responds to future partnerships with iwi/Māori. 

You will be responsible for ensuring that the team operates in an integrated way across Business Units, recognising that taking a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting post-settlement engagement is critical to the success of MSD's post-settlement obligations. 


Skills and Experience 

Our ideal candidate will have:


  • demonstrated leadership and management experience, with an emphasis on building a positive and inclusive culture
  • proven record in establishing and maintaining genuine partnerships and relationships with iwi/Māori and other Crown agency's
  • ability to influence and build constructive and effective relationships both internally and externally
  • highly effective communication skills
  • sound organisational and time management skills – flexible and pragmatic with the ability to plan and resolve situations in an environment of change
  • an understanding of Tikanga Māori.


Join our team today and see the work you do make a difference!

How to Apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV and cover letter, and complete the online application form.  All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Applications close: Thursday, 25 October 2018

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