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Senior Advisor - Marae Infrastructure Programme

Date: 20-Apr-2021

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Key link between Council’s Marae Infrastructure Programme, mana whenua and mataawaka marae
  • Combine your contract and relationship management expertise with your project management skills
  • Contribute to meaningful outcomes and enhanced relationships


Auckland Council is working to achieve a transformational shift with and for Māori, and to deliver on Council’s vision of celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau Māori identity as our point of difference in the world.  As part of this journey, we want to develop a bold and contemporary response to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to Auckland Council – ensuring that we honour both our legislative obligations and the spirit of Te Tiriti relationships.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

In line with this vision and as part of our Project Specialisation Office team within Community Facilities, your role as Senior Advisor has a key part to play in our Marae Infrastructure Programme. 

As a vital link between Council, mana whenua and mataawaka marae, you’ll work across the infrastructure programme; engaging marae, and managing the requirements of the contract. This will include advising on best practice contract and performance methods, and internal and external relationships to make sure marae and council receives the best possible outcomes. 

Whanaungatanga is an important element of this role and will see you develop and foster strong and lasting relationships with mana whenua and mataawaka marae, Māori and staff within the organisation. 

He kōrero mōu: About you


An essential aspect of this role is contract management, so we’ll be looking for a strong background in this space. Whether coming from a contract management or relationship management background, you’ll be experienced in the preparation of agreements, and as well as understanding legal and insurance technicalities and terms, be able to translate and relay to varied audiences. 

Project management experience in the built environment will feature as part of your skillset, and while being skilled at driving complex programmes of work and clearly demonstrating excellent communication skills, you’ll also recognise the importance of and have the ability to develop and foster strong and lasting relationships.  

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

It’s not only an opportunity to be hands on and closely involved in supporting marae with their physical infrastructure, but also to see the part your work plays in a wider way, with the positive impact and benefit to whanau and community much farther reaching than just the infrastructure. 

You’ll be part of a small team that is passionate about what we do, and working 40 hours per week Monday to Friday; you’ll have some flexibility with how those hours are set.

If this sounds like you and what you’re looking for, please apply, and be sure to include a cover letter. 

You will be required to have a valid NZ driver's licence due to the nature of the position where you will be required to regularly travel to various Marae across the Auckland region.


This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug & alcohol testing.


To view a copy of the position description, please use this link - bit.ly/3giZ2Oe


Applications close Wednesday, 12th May 2021

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.