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Kai Tohutohu Aroturuki - Advisors x 3

Date:  12-Jan-2022

Wellington, NZ Canterbury, NZ

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We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
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Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Kai Tohutohu Aroturuki - Advisors x 3


Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake – The Independent Children's Monitor


Poneke (Wellington) x 2
Ōtautahi (Christchurch) x 1


•    Support improving outcomes for our tamariki/children and rangatahi/young people within the Oranga Tamariki system*
•    Build meaningful connections with communities
•    Regular travel throughout New Zealand required, supported by a flexible working environment



Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake (The Independent Children’s Monitor) provides independent oversight across the Oranga Tamariki system. Its primary role is to monitor those organisations that have custody and care of children and young people with a focus on supporting improved outcomes for them and their whānau. This is achieved through feeding back to organisations, communities and agencies, as well as reporting findings to the Minister.



Our values are Kia Māia – to be courageous; Kia Pono, Kia Tika – to be trustworthy; Manaaki – to be respectful; and Kia Huritao – to be reflective.  We are looking for someone to join our team who lives these values every day.   


As a Kai Tohutohu Aroturuki – Advisor Monitoring, you will be the public face of the Monitor.  As “monitors” you spend most of your time working in small groups, engaging with the community to understand and record the experience of children and their families, professionals, caregivers and others who participate in the lives of children in care.  Understanding the context and intricacies of this work and the role of whakawhanaungatanga (establishing relationships) and manaakitanga (showing respect, generosity and care) is essential.


We’re looking for three advisors who, along with their sound values base, bring experience working at an operational level and provide sound analysis and advice.  Ideally you will have experience in either social services, education or health along with local community knowledge and responsive and appropriate skills gained in working with Maori, Pacific and vulnerable communities.  A background in monitoring is an advantage, however an openness and commitment to mahi tahi in a te ao Māori way is essential.



Your skillset will include:


•    Ability to build trusting relationships with a wide range of people and organisations
•    Excellent writing skills that reflect an ability to write for different audiences
•    Empathy and the ability to adapt to complexity in situations and circumstances
•    An analytical and curious mind that will consider a range of data to support conclusions
•    Excellent time management skills
•    An ability to turnaround information quickly and succinctly


Please note: these positions are either Wellington or Christchurch based, and an expectation of the role is that you will be able to commit to regular travel nationwide.


 *The term “Oranga Tamariki system” is used to describe any agency services provided to children and young people under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and includes all agencies that provide services to children in the Oranga Tamariki system, for example health, education and disability services and includes non-government organisations.








How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:   31 January 2022



All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact Doug Fauchelle, Manager Monitoring at


You can find out more about the Monitor at 





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