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Maori Relationship Manager - Central Dunedin - fixed term / secondment to June 2021


Otago, NZ

Māori Relationship Manager - Central Dunedin - fixed term / Secondment to June 2021


Ministry of Social Development

fixed-term / secondment to end of June 2021

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina. 
Seek out the distant horizons, while cherishing those achievements at hand.    

Reporting into the Regional Commissioner for Southern Region, this newly established position will ensure we are effectively partnering with our local iwi to help bring our strategies 'Te Pae Tawhiti' and ‘Te Pae Tata’ to life. 

There are three key strategic shifts we want to achieve: 

  • Key shift 1: Mana Manaaki: A positive experience every time We will earn the respect and trust of Māori 
  • Key shift 2: Kotahitanga: Partnering for greater impact We will form genuine partnerships with Māori 
  • Key shift 3: Kia Takatū Tātou: Supporting long term social and economic development. 


While we have identified objectives that will help us to realise these key shifts, we know that we have more work to do and will need to continue to engage whānau, hapū and iwi so that they remain part of this voyage and can hold us accountable for our actions. The Māori Relationship Manager role helps create pathways to effective engagement and better outcomes. In this role you will:

  • Build key relationships, networks and influence partnering agreements with iwi in the region
  • Engage in key forums with iwi and support other regional MSD staff at those events with relationship management
  • Provide advice to other senior managers about how to engage and influence with regards to opportunities, risks and emerging issues
  • Engage and exchange with iwi to work co-operatively with them on initiatives of mutual benefit 
  • Identify and promote opportunities for better engagement in cross-agency initiatives
  • Provide appropriate support to our front line teams to enhance the way we work with our clients.



About you
You understand the dynamics of iwi relationships and tikanga and can build relationships inside and outside of Te Ao Māori. You are influential, a fluent communicator and a builder of strong relationships formed on integrity and trust. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and connect with the broader leadership team are paramount. You understand Iwi and government dynamics and can mediate the two to find workable, effective solutions. 

The successful candidate will need to be truly people-centric. You can connect with empathy, credibility and commercial reality to influence and deliver outcomes at a senior leadership level. To do this you are well versed in tikanga and competent in te reo me ona tikanga o Ki Te Tonga.


This role is predominantly based in Dunedin, however the ability to frequently travel around the wider region is required.



We offer you:

  • A supportive, inclusive environment
  • Career development and supervision
  • The opportunity to make a tangible difference
  • Competitive remuneration (Salary approx. $120k to $140k per annum). 


How to Apply

Please apply online with your current CV. No need to upload a cover letter, instead answer these questions in your online application form:

  1. What experience do you have engaging with Iwi at a leadership level? 
  2. What are your strengths that make you a suitable candidate for this role? 
  3. What relationships do you currently hold with local Iwi? 


If you currently work for MSD please apply through your myHR careers portal at work. 

For a confidential discussion about the role contact Christina McBratney on (03) 955 6646.


Applications close: 8 August 2020 at 10.00pm 

Position Description


MSD Te Pae Tawhiti


MSD Te Pae Tata


Joining us


Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.


If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.