Director Māori Partnerships and Capability (INZ)

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Tēnei tūranga – About the role

The Director Māori Partnerships and Capability will be a trusted advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and to the Immigration Leadership Team on group wide initiatives. The role will support colleagues across 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 and thought leadership 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 supporting the Deputy Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, and other immigration leaders in developing and maintaining relationships with Māori, Māori organisations and iwi.

The position is responsible for supporting the Immigration Leadership Team in bringing Te Ao Māori into the work of Immigration New Zealand and lifting the capability of INZ’s people to be comfortable and confident when partnering with Māori in their mahi.

The role will work with the Immigration Leadership Team and wider MBIE to lift the confidence and capability of those who identify as Māori within INZ’s workforce, and to support them in their career aspirations.

Key relationships

  • Key leaders across MBIE and within Immigration New Zealand.
  • Māori partnership and capability roles in partner organisations.
  • Relevant leaders in other interrelated public and private sector organisations.
  • Iwi and other key Māori organisations.

Ngā herenga – Requirements of the role

Personal specifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
  • Connected and credible within te ao Māori and across government.
  • Prior experience working with Māori communities, hapu, iwi and Māori organisations.
  • A strategic thinker, politically aware, able to operate as a credible and trusted strategic advisor to the Deputy Secretary and senior leaders.
  • Able to successfully establish and maintain relationships with high-level stakeholders inside and outside government.
  • Prior experience dealing with complex issues with a high level of ambiguity.
  • System leadership experience, inspiring and leading people with diverse skills and backgrounds even where no direct hierarchical authority exists.
  • A strong 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 advice

  • The Deputy Secretary’s primary advisor on partnership with Māori.
  • Provides strategic advice to the Deputy Secretary and General Managers that recognises the Te Ao Māori world view, choices and constraints, anticipates needs, predicts and plans for potentially controversial or sensitive issues.
  • Critically synthesises information from a wide variety of domains and applies expert judgement to draw conclusions.
  • Leads 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 and reports back to the INZ leadership team.

Building and Maintaining Relationships

  • Supports the Deputy Secretary in building and maintaining relationships with iwi and key Māori organisations on immigration.
  • Leads for INZ in certain partnerships.
  • Works in partnership with the Deputy Secretary, General Managers, Māori Kaiwhakahaere and other key stakeholders across Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE in relation to iwi and Māori related matters relevant to INZ.
  • Completes 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.
  • Tests the effectiveness of stakeholder relationships using a range of appropriate measures and processes.

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 ngā tikanga Māori.
  • Works with the Immigration Leadership Team 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.


  • Leads 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.
  • Participates in, chairs and leverages advisory groups and governance groups to drive the agenda and facilitate timely decision making.
  • Manages resources as required via a matrix management model.
  • 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.

Supports the Deputy Secretary so that the group operates effectively and efficiently, and delivers agreed outputs to support achievement of Hīkina Whakatutuki/MBIE outcomes.

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 Director Māori Partnerships and Capability position reports into the Associate Deputy Secretary Immigration in the Immigration New Zealand group. They are also a member of the Immigration New Zealand Leadership Team.

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