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Opportunity: Watercare

Mātanga - Tikanga Me Te Reo Māori

Tikanga & Te Reo Māori Advisor

Watercare is the largest water and wastewater organisation in New Zealand. Watercare's dedicated team provides essential services to more than 1.6 million Aucklanders every day.

Watercare recognise the importance of the values held by kaitiaki (guardians or protectors). These include their environmental and spiritual ties to ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu (sacred areas) and other taonga (treasures), and the wellbeing of the entire iwi. Watercare's ties with mana whenua go well beyond our Treaty of Waitangi obligations, forming a respectful and valued partnership that continues to evolve.

About the role:

This newly created role within Watercare's Maori Outcomes and Relationships department is responsible for providing support and advice to the organisation on best practice tikanga and te reo Māori. Working at the highest level, you will engage with elected members, the executive team, and provide pastoral care for staff in Māori specialist roles or who otherwise have capability in this area.

Reporting into the Te Kaiurungi (Senior Lead & Strategic Māori Advisor, this role you will partner with stakeholders to help ensure that a treaty-responsive approach to all engagement (internal and external) is at the centre of how Watercare operates. You will also support the Māori Outcomes wider Leadership Team across Watercare and the Council whānau with 'Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau' and engagement with whānau, hapū, iwi, mana whenua and mātāwaka. Other duties for this role will include -

  • Actively contribute to the Kia Ora Tamaki Makaurau journey and embody the organisation's commitment to be a treaty-responsive organisation.

  • Lead development and implementation of a treaty-responsive engagement framework for Watercare

  • Partnering with the business to ensure they have access to excellent advice and support on engagement with Māori communities.

  • Train and support Māori staff.

What you'll bring to the role:

  • A relevant tertiary or post-graduate qualification in Te Reo Māori or similar or experience to an equivalent level is preferred.

  • Excellent competency in te reo Māori me ona tikanga

  • Ability to influence culture in a complex, cross sectoral environment

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of treaty settlements and post-settlement governance entities

  • Experience in working with mana whenua and mātāwaka

  • A good understanding and appreciation of the workings and function of local government.

  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and communicate with a wide cross-section of people

  • Excellent networks in council and the Māori world

  • Highly developed interpersonal and decision-making skills

In return, Watercare offer:

The chance to build an exciting career in an evolving work environment! As the successful candidate, you will be part of an organisation with a commitment to its staff and a commitment to the sustainable management of our environmental resources. Other benefits include -

  • Training and development opportunities

  • Flexible working hours

  • Life and income protection insurance plans

  • Generous parental leave

  • Employee discounts at a range of large retailer

Join the Watercare team! If you are looking for an exciting career opportunity with a fantastic team then please apply online today -


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