Principal Adviser

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  • Category: Project Managers/Project Support
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 21-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: MPI20/1488911
  • Job Title: Principal Adviser
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)


mō te tūrangaAbout the role

In July 2020 MPI released its roadmap, Fit for a better world – accelerating our economic potential, which sets out actions to bring together opportunities the Government considers will accelerate the productivity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the primary sector, to deliver more value for all New Zealanders.


Water security and the productive use and storage of water are key elements within this roadmap. To help realise the potential of water storage MPI is creating a national strategic plan for water storage in conjunction with key partners including, government agencies, local government, Māori, Food and Fibre sector leaders and rural communities to focus future investment. 


As the Principal Adviser you will provide MPI with strategic leadership in relation to the development and implementation of the Water Storage programme, by developing a strategic overview of the Water Storage programme and acting as the programme ambassador to Senior Stakeholders.


This role is fixed term to July 2021 and we will consider secondments from within MPI or across government.


Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako - Skills and Experience

To succeed in this role you’ll have


  • Substantial government agency experience
  • Understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty principles
  • Significant experience of writing a range of papers and documents, e.g. Cabinet papers
  • The ability to manage key relationships and utilise existing internal and external networks.
  • Experience in strategic and intellectual leadership.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand’. It’s no mean feat, and we have a team of hard working and passionate people in a variety of roles both on the ground and in the office supporting us to make this happen.


MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you growTo find out more about the Ministry and what we do, please click here


To see the benefits of working at MPI, please click here


If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way then this could be it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a focus on career pathways so take this step in your career with us and we will help you develop.


Me pēhea te tuku tonoHow to apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “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.


For internal candidates please make sure your current manager is aware of your application.

Applications close  Wednesday 4 November 2020


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Vivien Smith Senior Recruitment Adviser on           



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.