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Adviser | Sustainable Land Use

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Policy & analysis
Wellington City
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Job Description

About MPI

MPI provides policy and regulatory advice, market access and trade services, and manages major regulatory systems of biosecurity, food safety, forestry, fisheries management, and animal welfare. MPI also has strong relationships with other government agencies, primarily within the economic, border, and natural resources sectors. With the New Zealand economy set to grow, MPI's important role in leading, regulating, and enabling the primary sectors will only increase.


Regional Economic Development Directorate (RED)

As part of the Agriculture and Investment Services Business Unit, the Regional Economic Development Directorate works to improve the economic, environmental, and social bottom line for farmers, growers and their families.

We're also working with regions to help them make the most of their competitive advantages – through growth opportunities in the primary sector. This means helping them to attract new investment, create jobs and skills and lift local incomes through agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, fisheries, horticulture and food and fibre processing.


About the Role        

The Adviser is a key member of the team that has been established to support MPI's Productive and Sustainable Land Use (PSLU) initiative.  The Productive and Sustainable Land Use (PSLU) initiative will support the shift in on-farm behavioural changes that will lead to greater sustainability in our land-use practices.

Your responsibilities would include:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Supporting and managing the implementation of regional initiatives that lead to sustainable economic development in the primary sector.
  • Develop, and assist with developing, ministerial correspondence, including ministerials, briefings, parliamentary questions, and Official Information Act requests.
  • Informing, supporting, and enabling MPI and cross-government programmes and initiatives relating to primary sector economic development.


Skills and Experience

This is a really exciting role for some who is extremely organised, enthusiastic and energetic.  Along with this we are also looking for:

  • Strong written ability.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience and understanding of working with a cross section of stakeholders, often in politically sensitive environments.
  • A proactive approach.
  • Knowledge of economic development issues affecting the primary sector in New Zealand.



MPI is a place where there are diverse opportunities and where there is the ability to create a career in an organisation that supports growth and development. We encourage a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workplace where difference is championed and we're an employer of choice because of it.


We support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


Benefits include:

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare Schemes
  • Comprehension one-week MPI Induction Programme


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How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.

If you have any questions about the role, please email


Applications for this role close on 20 October 2019


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.



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