Advisers/Senior Policy Advisers

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Policy and Analysis
  • Location: Wellington (Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara)
  • Date Advertised: 18-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: APA/1456273
  • Job Title: Advisers/Senior Policy Advisers
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  • Summary:
  • National Office, Wellington
  • Permanent full time Multiple Opportunities

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa: ko te oranga o te iwi’

‘There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people’

Ara Poutama Aotearoa/Department of Corrections is at the start of an exciting transformation. In August 2019, the Minister of Corrections launched Hōkai Rangi, a new strategic direction. Hōkai Rangi builds on the good things that are already happening and enables us to find innovative ways to achieve better outcomes for Māori. The change is focused on uplifting the wellbeing of people in our care and their whānau, and will be based on partnering with iwi, hapū, whānau, and hāpori Māori. Our policy team will be working closely with these groups, as well as internal stakeholders, service providers and other agencies to turn Hōkai Rangi into a reality.

The policy team works within an operational agency, which means you’ll get the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects.  Examples include developing strategic visions, analysing complex operational issues, and developing legislation. The team provides advice to senior leaders and the Minister of Corrections on a wide range of emerging issues, such as the management of high-risk people or the use of new technologies. Ara Poutama Aotearoa is an action-orientated organisation so you’ll have the opportunity to see your policy advice turn into real-life support that helps people achieve their potential.

As an integral team member, you’ll provide policy advice and analysis on a range of complex issues to a variety of audiences. As an individual you’ll have a positive attitude and an ability to motivate others. You’ll also represent Ara Poutama Aotearoa in a range of justice and social sector forums and liaise with internal and external stakeholders on policy and legislative issues. 

As a senior adviser you’ll lead major policy projects, coach and mentor policy staff, and you’ll maximise opportunities to lift the capability of the team. 

Māori have been disproportionately represented in the justice system for decades, and the time has come to from change. If you flourish with diverse and challenging policy projects, and are passionate about delivering Hōkai Rangi, apply today. We’d love to hear from you!

Hōkai Rangi 2019 – 2024:

The salary range for the adviser roles is $66,411 – $93,756. The salary range for the senior adviser roles is $91,953 – $129,816. Appointment will be based on skills and experience relevant to the role.

These are permanent full time opportunities, but we will consider flexible working hours.

To view the position descriptions please click “APPLY NOW” or visit our careers website. If you would like further information, please contact Daniza Galinovic at  or APPLY NOW with a cover letter and your CV.  

Please note: Applications close at 5:00 pm Wednesday 1 April 2020. We will endeavour to contact you within two weeks of the closing date regarding the status of your application, however in some cases this may take a little longer.

All applications must be submitted online via our recruitment system. Please note: Applications that are emailed directly will NOT be considered.

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel – one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at