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Senior Analyst / Senior Policy Analyst - Treaty Partnerships (Wellington Based)

·         Multiple roles that reflect Ministry  for the Environment as a Treaty Partner

·         Promote a Te Ao Māori world view through all our work


Ministry for the Environment

Here at the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) we value our people and we love to do things differently.  Our people are from diverse backgrounds and work in flexible ways, but are all committed to our responsibility as primary advisors to the Government on the environment.

We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.

The Ministry's goal to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously. 

We have multiple full-time permanent opportunities for innovative and relationship focused Senior Policy Analysts and Analysts / Senior Analysts to join our Wellington office.  

A number of teams in the Ministry are seeking perspectives that advance Māori priorities for the environment through our work. Our teams include:

  • Mana Taiao – developing strong partnerships and fostering relationships and opportunities through collaboration with iwi/Māori; and negotiating the environment components of Treaty of Waitangi settlements and implementing settlement commitments;

  • Freshwater policy – developing and implementing policy that recognises iwi/Māori rights and interests in freshwater;

  • Environmental reporting –reports are informed by a holistic Māori perspective and captures information that contributes to Māori decision-making and well-being

We are looking for a diverse range of candidates who will have expertise in at least one of these areas:

  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and engaging with Māori/iwi.

  • Experience in the negotiation of Treaty of Waitangi settlements and implementation of settlement commitments;

  • Experience advancing Māori perspectives in policy, preferably within central government, local government or the private sector.

  • An understanding of Mātauranga Māori as it applies to biophysical domains (freshwater, land and marine);

To be successful in the role of Senior Policy Analyst and Analyst / Senior Analyst you will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and experience including the ability to inspire, influence and build the capability of others.

We are looking for exceptional candidates whose working style demonstrates:

  • Innovative thinking - Bring fresh thinking and be receptive to others' ideas and ways of working. Problem-solve and advise with impact. Think strategically and consider regulatory and non-regulatory approaches when implementing policy changes.

  • A focus on action - Achieve ambitious goals and operate with a high degree of accountability and judgement.

We are a Ministry that invests in the development of its people, values and supports Māori in our workplace, and in the future you will have opportunities to rotate into other subject areas within the Ministry.

Further information

The Senior Policy Analyst and Analyst / Senior Analyst position descriptions are attached for your information.

Salary range:  $86,005 to $116,360 for the Senior role and $60,605 to $81,994 for the Analyst position.  Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

If you require further information about this position, please contact Kelly Palmer, Manager - Mana Taiao on 0224930065 or by email: 

How to apply

Click on the Apply Online button below to complete the questionnaire and submit along with your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role.

If you require further information on the application process, please contact