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  • Category: Education & Training
  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 12-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1505057
  • Job Title: Kaitakawaenga
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Based in Timaru, South Canterbury.  
Permanent position.

E kimihia ana he tangata kakama te wairua hei Kaitakawaenga. Me ahei ngā kaitono ki te whakaputa whakaaro, whakawhitiwhiti korero ki te tangata ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa no hea.  Me ahei nga kaitono ki te  mahi i roto i te reo me te ao Maori. Me tino kaingakau nga kaitono ki te whakatupu kaupapa e mahi tahi ai te Maori me te Pakeha. E tautoko ana mātou te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi. He turanga taumano ukiuki tenei. Te tumanako kia timata taro ake nei te kopounga.

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

About this role

As a Kaitakawaenga you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by; 

  • Working proactively with Māori tamariki, mokopuna and their whānau, hāpu and iwi, educators and Learning Support colleagues to identify and eliminate barriers to access to learning support services for Māori students with learning support needs
  • Working with and alongside adults to develop appropriate communications, consultation and co-operation to promote a well-learning lifestyle for tamariki and rangatahi Māori requiring additional quality supports in early childhood and schools
  • Addressing key outcomes for whānau in key plan meetings with educators, Ministry specialist staff and agencies
  • Integrating Te Ao Māori with subject matter experts to endorse and strengthen cultural solutions for the learner and whānau
  • Working effectively as part of a trans-disciplinary team.

About you

To be successful you will need;

  • Te Reo me ona tikanga, ability to build trusting relationships, a  high level of communication skills and a personal lived experience
  • Preference for at least three years working in the community in Māori development or in teaching Te Reo Māori
  • Have a high level of competence in Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga and be able to link this expertise to work alongside colleagues and specialists in a bi-cultural way
  • Ability to work effectively in Māori settings (both early childhood and school)

Are you ready to make a difference?

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.


For further information, please contact Atholea Shanks, Learning Support Service Manager in Timaru at 03 687 2823 or Atholea.shanks@education.govt.nz.

Applications close on 10 February at 4pm.