Researcher / Historian

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    4 months ago
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  • Category: Research and evaluation
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 06-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: NZHUD/1431363
  • Job Title: Researcher / Historian
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About Us

Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora (Māori Housing Unit) is a newly established group within the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora will become the Government’s lead advisor on Māori housing and urban development, working with iwi to achieve whanau aspirations through focused and supported design and delivery of innovative approaches that accelerate whanau, hapu, iwi and Māori community development through housing.

About the Opportunity

The purpose of this role is to provide high quality objective analysis, advice and assurance on the WAI2750 kaupapa inquiry into housing policy and services and to represent the Ministry effectively on inter-agency working groups supporting this inquiry. This research assignment is likely to last between 2 – 4 years and while these positions are permanent, we are open to how that might work including potential secondments and flexible working arrangements.

In your work as Researcher/Historian you will be expected to form sound working relationships with colleagues and staff throughout the Ministry, as well as forming good networks and relationships with staff in other social sector agencies relevant to the nature of the work.

About You

You will be curious to uncover and make sense of the past, form trusting relationships across government and with stakeholders that will inform your search and sense-making work, be aware of the sensitive nature of some of the material that you will work with and handle it well, and collaborate effectively with policy, legal and other research staff within HUD.

You will also be keen to contribute and volunteer your perspective and participate in discussions, drawing on your knowledge from in or outside work where that is appropriate. You will also be keen to participate in the activities across the wider Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora group, supporting events and presentations.

Your experience will include: 

  • Knowledge and training in historical research, preferably into Treaty issues.
  • Experience in a policy development environment, preferably having written Ministerial and/or Cabinet briefings and working with other agencies on policy development.
  • Knowledge and experience in development of document archives that are searchable, preferably in the Treaty area.
  • Knowledge of Tikanga Māori, and preferably Te Reo
  • Good interpersonal skills, adept at relationship/stakeholder management.
  • Discreet and able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment, common sense, and risk management strategies.
  • Strong analytical skills data analysis and reporting.
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills.
  • A good level of understanding of Treaty of Waitangi processes and procedures
  • A good level of knowledge of public sector processes / regulatory systems and how government works.
  • Process management/coordination skills.
  • Competent in Microsoft Office suite of programmes, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

What to do next 

This is an exciting time join with a people focused mandate where you will be part of a team making a positive difference in the community. 

For any confidential enquires please feel free to contact Jo Attewell at  

Applications close Wednesday 20th November 2019.   

Please note, you must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand to be eligible for this position.