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Senior Policy Advisor - Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
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About Us

Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora (Māori Housing Unit) is a newly established group within the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora will become the Government's lead advisor on Māori housing and urban development, working with iwi to achieve whānau aspirations through focused and supported design and delivery of innovative approaches that accelerate whānau, hapu, iwi and Māori community development through housing.

A home is more than a house; it's a place where people feel safe, warm and part of the community they live in.  A kāinga or papakāinga provides the linkages where whānau connect whakapapa and whenua which is integral to one's tūrangawaewae, or place to anchor one's feet.  The cultural value of having ‘people and place' intact enables whānau to strengthen their identity, language, culture, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and grow their economic sustainability – he āhuru nā i!

About the Opportunity  

We're looking for an engaging and confident Policy professional with a depth of experience in public policy or social policy development. You will have been working in, or with, Government and can influence a wide range of stakeholders in related fields. You will have experience working with iwi and Māori and have a good understanding of Tikanga Māori. We will listen to our communities, understand what they want and need, and design solutions together. 

The Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) Framework for Action has been developed to address housing stress for whānau Māori. MAIHI is a framework for actioning immediate, medium and long-term responses that responds to the immediate crisis, reviews current crown actions and resets Māori housing with, and for, Māori.

You will have the opportunity to take the lead on a range of complex and challenging issues, working with the Principal Policy Advisor and Policy Manager to develop innovative solutions and robust policy to support the Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora and wider HUD strategic goals.  Your expertise and knowledge will be used to support and develop the capability of the wider HUD teams. These are complex and challenging problems and finding solutions will take innovation, tenacity and drive. If you are passionate about improving the Housing opportunities for Māori, whānau, hapū and iwi then we would like to hear from you. 

What to do next

If this sounds like your next career move, then please apply now. For a confidential conversation please feel free to email

Please complete the on-line application and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Applications close at Wednesday 29th January 2020.

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