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Strategic Advisor - Māori for Bay of Plenty-Waiariki

NZ Ministry of Education
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He ngākau nui tāu ki ngā mātauranga Māori? Kua whai hononga kē ki ngā rūnanga, ki ngā kāhui whakahaere kaupapa Māori o te takiwā nei?

E rapu ana mātou i tētahi tangata hei māngai mō te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga kia whakateretere i te kaupapa Māori o te rohe nei.


Are you passionate about Māori education? Have strongly built relationships with iwi and Māori institutions? We need someone able to strongly lead the Ministry of Education in the Bay of Plenty-Waiariki region.


If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about raising Māori achievement, love implementing new initiatives, committed to creating successful educational pathways and building collaborative relationships, this could be the role for you!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly experienced, dynamic and innovative professionals to join our fantastic team in the beautiful Bay of Plenty-Waiariki region. 

We have two fulltime permanent senior roles that will report directly to the Director of Education, Bay of Plenty-Waiariki and will be part of the regional leadership team.  Each role will be located in our Rotorua or Tauranga office. 


Strategic Māori Advisor Role

The Strategic Advisor will provide strategic advice to the Director of Education and support them to lead engagements with iwi and Māori stakeholders.  One of their key priorities will be to work within the Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako (CoL) environment, particularly focused on iwi ability to support achievement challenges and enable CoL’s to deliver on their plans.

The role also provides leadership across the region to help the organisation accelerate Māori educational achievement, seeking equity outcomes and the promotion of Māori identity, language and culture.


Sector Enablement and Support

Sector Enablement and Support (SE&S) is the key interface between the ministry and education providers. It is our role to ensure that sector leaders and the communities in which they operate have access to the expertise, programmes and resources that will allow our children and young people to reach their full potential.

We give effect to government and ministry policy and support education and community leadership within a self managing system, to bring about the positive changes required to lift aspiration, and raise educational achievement for all. 

About the person

We are looking for person who has:


  • Developed networks, credibility and relationships with iwi and Māori organisations
  • Ability in te reo Māori that enables the Strategic Advisor to communicate effectively when required at a level acceptable to the audience.
  • Well developed critical thinking and sound judgement, in particular, the ability to analyse information, develop options and think strategically.
  • Experience of working in a large Government organisation in a senior role
  • Knowledge of the education sector would be an advantage. 
  • Skilled in leading and motivating others, able to challenge, facilitate, supervise and coach leaders to increase capacity for excellence, and where necessary, change.


Me kounga tonu tō reo whakawhiti, me rangatira tō tū ki te ao Māori – heoi inā ko koe tēnā rarau mai ki mātou o Te Tāhuhu nei – tonoa mai ki


For further information please contact Rebekah Wong on 

Applications close Friday 2 December 2016.