Adviser/Senior Communications

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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Communications/Marketing
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1510707
  • Job Title: Adviser/Senior Communications
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About Te Uru Rākau

Te Uru Rākau is delivering the Government’s native and exotic forestry policy that is providing regional economic growth, industry resilience, opportunities for Maori land development, increased bio-diversity and practical and policy solutions to climate change

To achieve this, Te Uru Rākau is investing over $480 million over three years (starting in 2018) to partner with land owners, iwi and other forestry stakeholders to plant trees, promote forestry investment and work with the industry to investigate innovative technologies that can help to create high value sustainable wood products

We have improved rules around the quality and transparency of advice given to Kiwis wanting to invest in forestry, in order to provide greater confidence for investors.

We have grown work opportunities and training for people in forestry to help meet the needs of the sector into the future, which will require up to 5000 new workers by 2025.  We are supporting this by having an industry led workforce council.

Forestry is the life blood for many of our regions. To ensure we are connected to these regions, we have staff and partners all around New Zealand.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Communications Directorate in Public Affairs is seeking a communications adviser/senior adviser to support and drive communications on forestry related matters and associated regional economic development activity. This role will suit an individual who wants to grow their career and make a difference to New Zealand’s future

The role is part of a team responsible for supporting and driving communications related to Te Uru Rākau’s activities.

This role requires strategic nous and tactical know how. There is complexity and challenge, so no two days are the same. You will need to be energetic and adaptable to thrive in this environment.

This is a permanent, full-time opportunity. 

Mōu – About You

We are looking for someone who is adaptable and thrives in a complex and sometimes ambiguous environment. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is resourceful, has initiative and a proven ability to deliver results. You will be able to think creatively, work under pressure, and prioritise your work. You will bring a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to the role. You’ll also need to be flexible to jump in and help others in the team on issues when they need a hand.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • experience in successfully developing and delivering operational and strategic external communications
  • strategic nous and tactical know how and proven ability to deliver quality communications material on time  
  • superb writing skills
  • experience building great working relationships with senior managers, staff and external stakeholders
  • experience working with media, including responding to enquiries and proactively pitching stories
  • knowledge of Government processes, including working with Ministers’ offices

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” 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.

The closing date is Wednesday 17th February 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please email

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.