Principal Advisor | Dunedin

Posted on 28-Jul-2022
Application close date: 12-Aug-2022
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  • An exciting opportunity for a Principal Advisor within the Ngā Whenua Rāhui team.
  • Provide strategic support
  • Permanent, full-time role with flexibility on location


Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata 

If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive 


At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi. 


He angitūtanga | About the role 

The Principal Advisor role is new to Ngā Whenua Rāhui. You will provide strategic input and a high level of policy advice to senior leadership and the Komiti and provide support on issues that impact the work of Ngā Whenua Rāhui and our relationships with tangata whenua.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience 

You must be an effective communicator to a wide range of audiences. Your role is crucial to develop relationships aligning conservation goals with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • Fluency in te reo Māori me ngā tikanga is desirable.
  • Policy experience: preferably a proven track-record in public service.
  • Sound working knowledge of statutory processes, legislative frameworks and contemporary policy approaches, particularly as they relate to iwi Māori.
  • An excellent writer, with superior grammatical and editorial proficiency.
  • Can competently synthesise complex subject matter into concise and clear advice.
  • Highly organised with a proven ability to plan, schedule and deliver to set timeframes while balancing competing priorities.
  • Highly effective at identifying and monitoring risks, issues, mitigations and actions.
  • Adept at complex stakeholder engagement with excellent communication skills working with iwi.
  • Knowledge of public sector accountabilities and policies desirable.

To achieve all this, you will need to be a team player. You will need to think big and yet provide detail and clarity. Your strong analytical and organisational ability will be complemented by excellent written and oral communication skills. Great people skills and the ability to relate well to others is essential.


Mō mātou | About us 

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities weserve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.  


Ko ngā hua | What we offer 

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:  

  • Flexible working options where applicable 
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme 
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network 


Tono ināianei | Apply now 

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa. 

The salary range for this position is $100,449 to $128,352 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience 


Rā katinga | Applications close: Friday 12th August 

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Serena Taylor, 


Taupānga| Job Reference: 200/2210 


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment. 


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