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Principal Advisor Equity

Ministry of Health
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Job Description

  • Are you all about equity
  • Enjoy leading and supporting others
  • Wellington based                                                                      


Be at the helm of the ship, where you support navigating our way forward with Maori strategy and policy in the health sector…

Kaitiakitanga - We lead the Ministry's response to its obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori health aspirations and requirements, and equity in health outcomes for all New Zealanders.

The Principal Advisor Equity provides broad thought leadership and quality advice to support and empower the Ministry to set and achieve the Ministry's commitments to achieving Equity.

A core function of this role is to be the subject matter expert contributing to the development of interventions that improve Maori health outcomes and reduce Maori health inequities.  Your role will be to administer a sector wide approach to deliver the government and ministry's priorities and objectives.  To provision these high quality results you will be adept in a variety of planning tools and methods considering both strategic and tactical options.  As the principal you will welcome coaching and mentoring your peers to support their growth and capability within the team.  You will be able to demonstrate proficiency in relationship development and achieving through others.  A key success factor in this role is a sound knowledge of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori, along with a solid understanding of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  If you feel you can demonstrate the skills above, have a relevant tertitary qualification and are ready to help steer our ship forward we welcome your application.

The Ministry of Health is the kaitiaki of the health and disability system in New Zealand.  We are responsible for providing active stewardship and leadership across the nations health and disability system.  We ensure the system provides people with the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live.

We have embarked on a transformational change programme which is creating some exciting career opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.

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Advertising for this role closes at midnight Monday 21 October 2019


We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures.  In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all.  Therefore, please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.  You can contact us at if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.


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