Senior Customary Fisheries Adviser/Analyst

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: North Island Other
  • Date Advertised: 22-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1426596
  • Job Title: Senior Customary Fisheries Adviser/Analyst
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Kei te tino whai whakaaro ngā tāngata o Aotearoa ki ā rātau mahinga ika me te taiao moana.

Ko tā Te Tini a Tangaroa, he whakahaere i ngā rawa ika kia tino whai hua ai mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa.

Mā te mahi me mātau ka hoki koe ki te kāinga i runga i te mōhio i whai kiko ō mahi mō te whakahaere o ngā mahi whakahaere i ngā rawa ika o Aotearoa me te taiao moana whānui kia toitū ai.


New Zealanders care deeply about their fisheries and marine environment.

Fisheries New Zealand works to ensure that fisheries resources are managed in a way that provides the greatest overall benefit to New Zealanders.

Working with us means that every day you’ll go home knowing you’ve made a positive contribution to the sustainable management of New Zealand’s valuable fisheries resources and their wider marine environment.



We are looking for two Senior Adviser/Analyst with strong relationship management skills to join our Customary Fisheries Team. We are open to considering candidates from various locations in New Zealand.


This position provides an important service for the Crown to effectively deliver its fisheries obligations in four main areas:

  • The support for the development of policy and regulation affecting Maori rights and interests in fisheries; and
  • The Fisheries Act 1996 section 12(b) – Input and Participation; and
  • The Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 and the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999 (The Customary Fishing Regulations); and
  • The negotiation and implementation of specific Historical Treaty Settlement obligations.


You will have credibility, be confident with Te Reo Māori or tikanga Māori, and possess in-depth knowledge of Māori and Māori politics. 


This is a challenging role that will see you utilising all of the relationship management skills in your EQ basket, as there are times when you will face strong resistance.  You will need to be able to draw a line in the sand and say no at times, while always being focussed on the positive outcomes identified and delivery of fisheries management and the Crown’s obligations.   


Skills and Experience – Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

A tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience in biological sciences, resource management and/or fisheries management

  • Knowledge of Te Reo Maori to facilitate consultation processes and to effectively present information to different groups.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with tangata whenua, internal and external stakeholders, and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships with tangata whenua.
  • Understanding of the Treaty Principles and the Crown’s obligations to Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Claims Settlement Act and other statutes as they relate to customary fisheries.
  • Sound writing skills.


About the branch – Mō te peka

Fisheries New Zealand is a new business unit established within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to drive a stronger focus on managing New Zealand’s valuable fisheries resources, and their place in the wider marine environment. The Fisheries Science & Information Directorate incorporates Fish


To find out more about Fisheries New Zealand and what we do please click here.


How to Apply – Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.


For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Applications close 5 November 2019


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.