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Kaitohutohu Matamua Te Ara Kotahi

  • An exciting new position where you can make an impact on how Pūmanawa Tāngata, the People group, implement our Māori strategy
  • Be part of making a difference to the lives of our people, Māori and New Zealanders
  • Work on translating strategic objectives into tangible actions, making it real


About us | Ko wai mātou

At Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation's performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for Aotearoa.  

Pūmanawa Tāngata, the People group, is responsible for driving an environment in which people can really thrive.  We have an exciting new role in developing and implementing strategic initiatives to ensure that our operating model and functions build capability in delivering Te Ara Kotahi – Our Māori Strategy.

Te Ara Kotahi provides strategic direction to Waka Kotahi on how we work with and respond to Māori as the Crowns Treaty partner, and what this means for how we do business. The strategy has five pou, one of which is Empowered Organisation – we are looking to support and uplift our team to have the capability, capacity and confidence to weave and implement Te Ara Kotahi into their everyday mahi, supporting our employees.

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

The role will be responsible for supporting the Pou Whakahaere – General Manager People and the group leadership team, through both strategic and operational advice on Te Ara Kotahi. The role will work with each function across the People Group to identify what considerations need to be made in regard to Te Ara Kotahi, and the initiatives that need to be implemented into their mahi.

The key to this role will be building strong relationships across the People Group, Waka Kotahi and externally. This role will report to the Manager Office of the GM.

About you | Ko wai koe

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrable experience in a Principal Advisory role, including:

  • Significant experience working with Māori and a well-developed understanding and in-depth knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles
  • Able to articulate a Māori world view and apply it
  • Advanced Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori, both in practice and application
  • and well established whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisation networks
  • Significant experience and knowledge working in an HR environment
  • An excellent understanding of Government and the public sector context
  • A track record of delivering outstanding advice and working well with people at all levels; using networked relationships to deliver results
  • Well-developed culturally appropriate skills in oral presentation and facilitation with ability to represent the business group with internal and external stakeholders
  • High level of writing skills and communication skills including ability to tailor cultural material to meet the needs of Pūmanawa Tāngata
  • Politically astute and objective approach


Applications close | Rā Katinga  Wednesday 19 February 2020

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand. 

NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.


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