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Kaitātari Matua Kaupapahaere - Senior Policy Analyst

Date:  13-Oct-2021

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
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.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
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.



Kaitātari Matua Kaupapahaere - Senior Policy Analyst


Partnering with Iwi/Māori – Māori, Partnerships and Programmes - National Office 
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Mō te tīma/About our Team 


The Māori, Partnerships and Programmes team focuses on building strong and resilient whānau, hapū, iwi and communities utilising a range of prevention, community and social development approaches which lead to sustainable and long term outcomes. 



Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the Role 


The Government has signalled a significant reset of relations between Māori and the Crown and the need for the Crown to extend partnerships beyond the negotiation table.   For MSD, this means we need to change that way we manage our existing and future partnerships with iwi/ Māori.


The Policy Analyst and Senior Policy Analyst will provide high level analysis and advice for the Māori  Partnerships and Programmes team and across the Māori, Communities and Partnerships business group. The role will support the Ministry to be more effective in the delivery of services for iwi and Māori. 


The role will influence the development and documentation of policy, operational guidelines, investment procurement and funding plans that will improve MSD’s engagement and partnerships with iwi and Māori.



He pūkenga tou/Skills and Experience 


Our ideal candidate will have: 


•    Knowledge and experience in working with iwi and Māori
•    Strong understanding of te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
•    Knowledge and experience working with the machinery of government
•    Ability to provide high quality analysis and advice 
•    Ability to influence and build constructive and effective relationships both internally and externally
•    Highly effective communication skills
•    Sound organisational and time management skills – flexible and pragmatic with the ability to plan and resolve situations in an environment of change
•    An understanding of Tikanga / Kawa Māori
•    Ability to understand and use te reo Māori preferred


Join our team today and see the work you do make a difference!



Tono mai/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:   22 October 2021.



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.