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Māori Capability Lead

New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade
New Zealand
Full Time
Partial remote, time in workplace
Applications close:
150,000 - 160,000 salary range
Posted 5 months ago

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role  

He tūranga hou tēnei ki te manatū, ā, he tūranga whakahirahira kia whakanui i te mātauranga māori ki te manatū nei. Nāu e ārahi i te tīma Capability ki rō I to tātou nei rōpū hou o te Poutāiki. Nā te mahi tahi me te rōpū Kura Tangata, ka whakararau koe i ngā hua māori ki rō i te oranga mahi a ngā kaimahi. Nāu anō e ārahi I ētahi kaupapa e hāngai atu ki ngā rautaki mahi ā te manatū, anō hoki te whanaketanga a ngā kaimahi kia tū te manatū hei wāhi mahi tutuki pai, hei wāhi mahi haumaru hoki.

This is a new position at the Ministry and plays a critical role in Manatū Aorere’s continued uplift of Mātauranga Māori. As the Māori Capability Lead you will lead the capability team in the newly established Te Poutāiki division. Working closely with our People Division you will be ensuring Māori capability is embedded in our employee lifecycle. You will lead a range of organisational development and learning and development interventions to ensure MFAT is a high performing organisation and a great place to work.  

You will:

  • Track and measure the Mātauranga Māori initiatives to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Proactively elevate strategic Mātauranga
  • Develop and maintain resources for use on Mātauranga Māori, te reo and pepeha
  • Facilitate and focus strategic Mātauranga capability thinking at senior levels across the Ministry.
  • Design, pilot, and deliver new and ongoing Mātauranga Māori organisational priorities

Anei te whakamāramatanga o te tūranga ki konei

For more detail you can view a copy of the position description here

The salary range for this role is between $140,712 to $165,544 total remuneration, negotiable depending on skills and experience.

The total remuneration is inclusive of our 3% employer contribution.


Mā‎ wai te mahi nei? – Who are we looking for?

The successful applicant should have:

  • Strong understanding of te ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, including ability to prioritise tasks effectively and work under pressure.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Previous experience in a capability role involving Te Ao Māori thinking desirable
  • Strong organisational and people management capacity

Ideally you will also have a good understanding of tikanga (Māori customs and protocols), with the ability to weave te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) into your work. 

If you are just starting on this journey that’s OK too – as long as you have a willingness to learn and a desire to develop your cultural capability.  As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner, this is important to us and we offer training and support. 


Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Aorere - Why MFAT?

We are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.  Check out our benefits page to find out more about why we love working here.

MFAT is Rainbow Tick accredited. We value diversity and are committed to providing an inclusive culture where everyone feels supported, valued, and a sense of belonging.  We welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

You can find out more about our staff networks and our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy here


Mō mātou - About us

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.  By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand's values.  We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 


Me pēhea te tuku tono - To Apply/Interested?

Apply today with your CV and cover letter.

For a confidential discussion please email recruitment.

To be considered for this position you must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and able to obtain and maintain a NZ Government National Security clearance.

Use this online tool to self-check your eligibility for a security clearance. Please note that this tool is not part of the formal security clearance process:


Let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.


Applications close at 9pm on Friday 16th February 2024.


Please note: This is not a Foreign Policy/diplomatic role.  This is a ‘Corporate’ role (known here as a Specialist role) based in central Wellington, NZ.  

While it is not usual for specialist staff to be ‘posted’ outside of NZ, from time to time a specialist role overseas becomes available at one of our embassies, high commissions, missions or consulates. To be considered for one of these positions you would need to apply and be considered via a competitive recruitment process.


If you do have an interest in an MFAT foreign policy/diplomatic career, you would be welcome to apply for this either via our graduate recruitment or mid-level foreign policy recruitment campaigns.