Principal Advisor Māori Partnerships and Capability (INZ)

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Tēnei tūranga – About the role

The Principal Advisor will be a trusted advisor to Director Māori Partnerships and Capability (DMPaC), Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and to the Immigration extended Leadership Team on group wide initiatives.

The Principal Advisor will be assigned a portfolio of work that may include specific stakeholder groups, projects and/or initiatives.

The role will support colleagues across Immigration NZ (INZ) in successfully delivering priority work with a particular focus on genuine partnership with Māori and to ensure that INZ is well positioned to deliver on our partnership responsibilities with Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

The role will provide strategic advice to INZ leadership on issues relating to the Crown-Māori partnership as relevant to the operation of the Immigration system.

The position will bring their significant expertise and perspective in regard to Iwi and Māori related matters to build and maintain partnerships with Iwi and other key Māori organisations and support the DMPaC and other immigration leaders in developing and maintaining relationships with Māori, Māori organisations and Iwi.

The position is responsible for supporting Immigration in bringing Te Ao Māori perspectives into the mahi of INZ and lifting the capability of INZ’s people to be comfortable and confident when partnering with Māori in their mahi and representing the bicultural partnership.

The role will support the DMPaC to lift the confidence and capability of those who identify as Māori within INZ’s workforce, and to support them in their career aspirations.

This is a highly collaborative role that will need to actively build and maintain relationships with GMs and their teams at INZ.

Key relationships

  • DMPaC.
  • Iwi representatives and other key Māori organisation representatives.
  • The INZ extended leadership team.
  • Kai mahi across Immigration New Zealand.
  • Māori partnership and capability roles within MBIE.
  • Relevant stakeholders in other interrelated public and private sector organisations.

Ngā herenga – Requirements of the role

Personal specifications

  • Expert understanding of Crown responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the aspirations and needs of Māori.
  • Demonstrated experience of advancing both Crown aspirations and the aspirations of Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Confident with Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga - take part in general conversation with speakers of Te Reo Māori, be comfortable in marae and/or other Te Ao Māori environments.
  • Proven experience working in a policy and/or service delivery agency where partnership with Māori communities, Iwi, Hapū and key Māori organisations are prioritised.
  • An ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with a wide range of people at all levels, both internal and external to MBIE.
  • A proven track record of experience and achievement in working with leadership teams and providing high level strategic advice in a complex environment.
  • Strong systems thinking skills, able to quickly develop an understanding of context in relation to the insights required and provide strategic advice.
  • A strategic thinker, politically aware, able to operate as a credible and trusted strategic advisor to the DMPaC and other Senior leaders.
  • Able to successfully establish and maintain relationships with high-level stakeholders inside and outside government.
  • An understanding of Kaupapa Māori models and Matauranga Māori.
  • An understanding of the New Zealand’s immigration system.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience.
  • The ability to gain and maintain a national security clearance as required.
  • Must be a NZ citizen or hold a residence class visa.
  • Credit check required (yes).
  • Required to drive (yes).
  • Police vetting (yes).

Takohanga tuhinga o mua – Key accountabilities and deliverables

Responsibilities of this position are expected to change over time as the Ministry responds to changing needs. The incumbent will need the flexibility to adapt and develop as the environment evolves.

Strategic and Operational advice

  • Provides robust advice and intellectual leadership on the strategies and engagement that recognises Te Ao Māori world views, choices and constraints, anticipates needs, predicts and plans for potentially controversial or sensitive issues.
  • Provides robust advice and intellectual leadership in the areas of māturanga Māori, kaupapa Māori frameworks and Te Ao Māori to INZ.
  • Provides INZ with advice and support as they engage with and integrate a Te Ao Māori perspective into their team’s policy development and service delivery.
  • Communicates complex engagement issues and concepts clearly and succinctly.
  • Contributes to the development of a Māori Strategy for INZ which encompasses INZ’s aspirations for engaging meaningfully and effectively with Māori and iwi.
  • Regularly reviews progress of delivery against the strategy including measurement and reporting requirements.
  • Critically synthesises information from a wide variety of domains and applies expert judgement to draw conclusions.

Relationship Management

  • Contributes to the effectiveness of stakeholder relationships using a range of appropriate measures and processes using highly developed influencing, negotiation and collaboration skills and experience to build and maintain important relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders/
  • Supports the DMPaC in building and maintaining relationships with iwi and key Māori organisations on immigration.
  • Builds and maintains positive internal relationships to increase capability and confidence of INZ’s mahi when partnering with Māori.
  • Contributes to or plays a lead role for INZ in certain partnerships.
  • Works in partnership with the DMPaC, General Managers, Māori Kaiwhakahaere and other key stakeholders across Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE in relation to iwi and Māori related matters relevant to INZ.
  • Contributes to an assessment of INZ’s existing engagements with Māori, identifying areas for development, developing an action plan, and leading the implementation of the plan.
  • Contributes to the strength of INZ’s authorising environment, through quality engagement with senior stakeholders.
  • Contributes to the effectiveness of stakeholder relationships using a range of appropriate measures and processes using highly developed influencing, negotiation and collaboration skills and experience to build and maintain important relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

 Building Capability

  • In partnership with colleagues across Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE and aligned to Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE strategic intent, develops plans within INZ to lift the capability of our people to be comfortable and confident partnering with Māori in their work.
  • Leads or contributes to initiatives to build internal capability within INZ in relation to te reo me ōna tikanga Māori.
  • Works with DMPaC and Immigration Leadership and colleagues across Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE to identify tangible opportunities to lift the confidence and capability of those who identify as Māori within INZ’s workforce, and to support them in their career aspirations.

Personal Leadership

  • Leads assigned key projects and initiatives aligned to the branches’ and INZ groups key priorities and strategic agenda.
  • Uses planning and management techniques to effectively lead and carry out multiple concurrent and complex projects within the resources available.
  • Role models exemplary leadership behaviours, and Public Sector ethics and values.
  • Provides a sense of vision and leadership that engages and motivates others to participate and make things happen.
  • Fosters an open, collaborative environment that encourages quality, innovation, on-going learning and knowledge sharing.
  • Coaches and mentors others.

Wellbeing, health & safety

  • Displays commitment through actively supporting all safety and wellbeing initiatives.
  • Ensures own and others safety at all times.
  • Complies with relevant safety and wellbeing policies, procedures, safe systems of work and event reporting.
  • Reports all incidents/accidents, including near misses in a timely fashion.
  • Is involved in health and safety through participation and consultation.

Tō tūranga i roto i te Manatū – Your place in the Ministry

The Principal Advisor Māori Partnerships and Capability position reports into the Director Māori Partnerships and Capability (INZ) within the Office of the Associate Deputy Secretary branch. The branch sits within the Immigration New Zealand group.

More information about MBIE's structure

Matatautanga – Competencies (Leadership Success Profile)

The Leadership Success Profile (LSP) is a leadership capability framework, developed by the New Zealand public sector for the New Zealand public sector. It creates a common language for leadership and establishes what great leadership looks like. You can look at the twelve underpinning capabilities and four leadership characters here: Leadership Success Profile | Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission(external link)

To mātou aronga – What we do for Aotearoa New Zealand

Hīkina Whakatutuki is the te reo Māori name for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Hīkina means to uplift. Whakatutuki means to move forward, to make successful. Our name speaks to our purpose, Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All.

To Grow Aotearoa New Zealand for All, we put people at the heart of our mahi. Based on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, we are committed to upholding authentic partnerships with Māori.

As agile public service leaders, we use our breadth and experience to navigate the ever-changing world. We are service providers, policy makers, investors and regulators. We engage with diverse communities, businesses and regions. Our work touches on the daily lives of New Zealanders. We grow opportunities (Puāwai), guard and protect (Kaihāpai) and innovate and navigate towards a better future (Auaha).

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As an agency of the public service, MBIE has a responsibility to contribute to the Crown meeting its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Te Tiriti). Meeting our commitment to Te Tiriti will contribute towards us realising the overall aims of Te Ara Amiorangi – Our Path, Our Direction, and achieve the outcome of Growing New Zealand for All. The principles of Te Tiriti - including partnership, good faith, and active protection – are at the core of our work. MBIE is committed to delivering on our obligations as a Treaty partner with authenticity and integrity and to enable Māori interests. We are committed to ensuring that MBIE is well placed to meet our obligations under the Public Service Act 2020 (Te Ao Tūmatanui) to support the Crown in strengthening the Māori/Crown Relationship under the Treaty and to build MBIE’s capability, capacity and cultural intelligence to deliver this.

Mahi i roto i te Ratonga Tūmatanui – Working in the public service

Ka mahitahi mātou o te ratonga tūmatanui kia hei painga mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i āianei, ā, hei ngā rā ki tua hoki. He kawenga tino whaitake tā mātou hei tautoko i te Karauna i runga i āna hononga ki a ngāi Māori i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tautoko mātou i te kāwanatanga manapori. Ka whakakotahingia mātou e te wairua whakarato ki ō mātou hapori, ā, e arahina ana mātou e ngā mātāpono me ngā tikanga matua o te ratonga tūmatanui i roto i ā mātou mahi.

In the public service we work collectively to make a meaningful difference for New Zealanders now and in the future. We have an important role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. We support democratic government. We are unified by a spirit of service to our communities and guided by the core principles and values of the public service in our work.

What does it mean to work in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Public Service?(external link) — Te Kawa Mataaho The Public Service Commission

MBIE value: Māia - Bold & brave, Pae Kahurangi - Build our future, Mahi Tahi - Better together, Pono Me Te Tika - Own it