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 Chief Advisor Māori Health - Wellington

  • Enhance your networks, credibility and relationships with iwi and Māori

  • Bring your passion for improving Māori health and disability

  • Wellington based

Bring your wealth of knowledge and skills to support the development of this role.

The role of Chief Advisor Māori is a new role that is responsible for providing strategic advice and guidance on Māori health and disability in the development and delivery of quality system strategy and policy, reflecting the priority of equity and meeting Tiriti obligations to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders within a complex and challenging policy space.

In this pivotal senior leadership role you will provide trusted advice and support to the Deputy Director-General System Strategy and Policy. This position requires a high level of strategic policy expertise and skills. Reflecting the priority of equity with a focus on equitable health outcomes for Māori in a manner that meets Tiriti obligations in our strategic and policy advice this role will involve the following:

  • Challenging our thinking and approaches, to properly honour TeTiriti o Waitangi with a focus on the achievement of equitable health outcomes for Māori in our policy advice

  • Building and leading relationships with whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori groups, the health and disability sector, and the wider public service in support of improving how we address Tiriti and equity in our advice

  • Contribute to and lead a capability uplift in our policy people, in the framework and application of our advice

  • Leading the development of policy frameworks and influencing their application

  • Contributing to the work of the Māori Health Directorate to meet Tiriti, equity and Māori health responsibilities.

This influential role is designed to accelerate our strategic policy response to the wellbeing of Māori in the health and disability system. The position does not have any direct reports but will be responsible for providing guidance and advice to lift the capability of the policy function across the Ministry.

To be successful in this role you'll be able to tell us about how you've developed successful work programmes. You'll demonstrate your capability in how we should monitor our progress, report on outcomes and challenge ourselves to do more. With a strong policy background, you'll understand the machinery of government and know how to get things done.

You will also bring proven ability in initiating, developing and maintaining effective strategic partnerships with Māori and Pacific thought leaders, iwi, hapū and the health sector including DHB's, NGO's and health agencies.

As a technical expert, who collaborates to get things done. You'll excel at leading through others and developing people. You encourage and seek out engagement and are as comfortable working across the sector as you are working with policy professionals to advise Ministers. You willingly share your knowledge to enable others to be successful.

As kaitiaki of our health and disability system, the Ministry of Health is here to ensure all New Zealanders are being well served - and that work is incredibly rewarding.

To ensure we can deliver on the Government's priorities and wellbeing goals and make Aotearoa New Zealand's health system more equitable, we've made some organisational changes to ensure we have the right structures, capability and culture.

We have embarked on a transformational change programme which is creating some exciting career opportunities. If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.

You will find a copy of the Position Description attached or online at

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Advertising for this role closes on Monday, 21 October 2019.

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