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2017/35 Principal/Senior Adviser

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Principal Adviser or Senior Adviser

Vacancy 2017/35


Full time


Salary Range: (TBC)


Are you looking to help shape New Zealand's future?

Manatū Taonga – the Ministry for Culture and Heritage – is a small Ministry with approximately 115 staff based at the historic Public Trust building in central Wellington.  We operate a lean and flat structure although our mandate and reach is wide.  We pride ourselves on our agility and our open, collaborative and supportive culture.


The Principal Adviser or Senior Adviser will work within the Commemorations Team to support and deliver the National Commemoration Programme 2014 – 2020.  Currently the primary focus for the Team is on the Tier One (major) commemoration for 2019; Tuia: First Encounters 250.  This commemoration marks the 250th anniversary of the first on-shore meetings of Māori and Europeans when the crew of the HMS Endeavour, including James Cook, and star navigator Tupaia, first navigated and landed in New Zealand in 1769. 


The Commemoration will acknowledge and celebrate our nation's dual heritage and shared future in a way that is meaningful and inclusive of all New Zealanders.


This permanent, full time role could be filled at either a Principal Adviser level, or Senior Adviser level. 


The role involves:

  • Providing high quality strategic advice to the Minister, the Ministry Leadership Team, inter-agency governance groups and diverse range of external stakeholders
  • Presenting information to a diverse range of stakeholders; including iwi, community group, local and central government
  • Leading on specific projects within the Commemorations Programme


To succeed in this role you will have:

  • At least four years' experience in a similar specialist advisory role
  • Ability to initiate, plan and complete projects to deadlines and quality standards with the minimum of supervision
  • Experience working with iwi and Māori stakeholders in a public policy environment
  • Superior communication skills that can be applied in presenting advice to senior officials, Ministers and other stakeholders with high credibility
  • An ability to motivate and support team members


A position description for this role is attached.  For enquiries about this position please contact:

Rachel Honeychurch, Adviser,


To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and complete the application form via

Applications close 18 October 2017


Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, works to enrich the lives of all New Zealanders by supporting Aotearoa New Zealand's dynamic culture and preserving our heritage.  The Ministry supports many of New Zealand's arts, media, heritage and sports organisations, advises government on cultural matters and provides research and resources for everyone to access.

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