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National Advisor, Maori

NZ WorkSafe
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Whaia te iti Kahurangi, Me he tuohu koe me he maunga teitei

“Seek the treasure you value most dearly; if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain”

WorkSafe New Zealand, Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa, is the primary workplace health and safety regulator – our vision is that everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.  Alongside other regulators we lead New Zealand to achieve healthy and safe workplaces through engagement, education and enforcement.

Māori workers are 44% more likely to be severely injured in the workplace than non-Māori.  WorkSafe is embarking on a new beginning to build and weave Te Ao Māori within its organisational strategy to enable WorkSafe's outcome of Māori workplace injury, health and fatality impacts to be equal to, or lower than non-Māori by 2025.

The role of the National Advisor, Māori is to provide advice to the National Manager, Māori, Chief Executive, the Senior Leadership Team on engagement with Māori and Te Ao Māori  practices; pro-actively support the delivery of the organisations Te Ao Māori growth and development through collaboration with WorkSafe leaders and staff; lead and manage internal and external Māori engagement and partnership outcomes and ensuring alignment with the overall direction of WorkSafe's strategy to improve health and safety for Māori in the workplace; and to ensure that the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are at the forefront of governance and operational decision making to meet WorkSafe's 2025 outcome.

The National Advisor, Māori will be an integral member of the Maruiti Team to advocate an array of Māori services across the organisation, contributing a cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary approach to other WorkSafe priorities as required on a national and regional level targeting specific risk to Māori under the umbrella of WorkSafe's core values and core treaty responsibilities.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of WorkSafe's Māori work programme and a committed team that will focus on improving health and safety for Māori in the workplace.  To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Strong experience in engagement and building partnerships on a senior and government level with Iwi and government agencies
  • Experience in leading senior leader representatives within a Marae, Tikanga setting providing translation, support and guidance.
  • Demonstrated experience working at a senior level to implement change projects. Track record of results and delivering innovation and success in complex environments, including collaborative arrangements.
  • Te reo language fluency is a pre-requisite, you must demonstrate your level of Te Reo proficiency.
  • Highly organised with the ability to work independently and take responsibility for meeting deadlines.

Applications close on Sunday, 30 September 2018.  To apply for the National Advisor, Māori position, please click on the ‘Apply' button below.  This will allow you to register your details, submit your application for this vacancy and view a full position description. To find out more about Worksafe New Zealand go to  For more information you can email with any queries.

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