Principal Advisor Māori

  • Company:
    New Zealand Customs Service
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
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Kei ngā maunga whakahī, kei ngā awa whakatere, e ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā, tēnā tātou katoa.

E hiahia ana mātou o Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa ki te whakakī i te tūranga “Kaitohutohu Mātāmua Māori”

Mēnā kei a koe ngā pūkenga, tēnā tono mai.

Kaitohutohu Mātāmua Māori – Principal Advisor Māori

The purpose of Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa – the Zealand Customs Service is to protect New Zealand’s border using world class tools, world class people and innovative approaches. We promote New Zealand by facilitating trade and welcoming visitors.

Our name – Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa – translates as “the authority that screens and protects New Zealand”. We have around 1500 staff across the country, as well as offices offshore.

Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

The purpose of the Principal Advisor Māori role is to lead the development of Te Pou Tokomanawa – The Customs Māori Strategy – and provide leadership and advice on its implementation. This role advises the Customs Executive Board and business on government expectations and commitments regarding Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensures these are reflected in our strategy.

This role will provide leadership to the development of internal capacity and capability to ensure that:

  • Relationships with Māori are founded on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • The Customs workforce is representative of Māori in Aotearoa at all levels
  • Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga is normalised across Customs
  • The role is focussed on strategic leadership and capability building, with the more tactical duties to be undertaken by an Advisor. This new Advisor role will be reporting to the Principal Advisor Māori, who will be responsible for hiring the position. 

    A secondment or fixed term contract for a minimum of a year and up to three years would also be considered. The role is based in either Auckland or Wellington.

    The Principal Advisor Māori is a member of the People and Capability Leadership Team and reports into the Deputy Chief Executive People and Capability.

    Ko wai koe | About you

    To be successful as the Principal Advisor Māori, the position requires a person who can commit a high level of personal input, energy and performance to the position and who can develop and maintain the trust and confidence of senior managers. The Principal Advisor Māori role requires the following knowledge, experience, skills, and personal attributes:

  • Sound and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Māori culture, Tikanga, and the Treaty of Waitangi, and fluency or at least strong proficiency in Te Reo Māori
  • Knowledge, abilities and skills in developing and managing Māori issues within the public sector
  • Good knowledge of the conventions, structure and functions of Government and their relationship to the work of the New Zealand Customs Service
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to present to wide ranging audiences at all levels
  • Proven experience in coaching, supporting, motivating and encouraging team members and ensuring team members have the skills to effectively achieve results
  • A security clearance to a “Secret” level
  • You will be curious, honest and courageous, resilient, self-aware and agile.
  • Me pēhea te whakauru | How to apply

    To be eligible you must be a NZ citizen. Alternatively, you must be a Permanent Resident and ideally have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

    You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance, candidates must have a 10 years checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed. You must also pass a drug test.

    Please submit a CV and cover letter that illustrates your ability to meet the skills required for the role.

    New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and flexible working arrangements. We welcome applications from those who can meet the requirements of the role.

    Applications for this role close 5pm, 16 April 2021. 

    Please visit our website to apply on line.

    For further information see the position description outlining the duties and person specification or contact Guy Thompson, Senior Recruitment Advisor on email: