Kaupapa Māori Schools Advisor

Date: 05-May-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Work to advance Māori outcomes with communities across Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Permanent full time position in Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Flexible and supportive working environment


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Our Sustainable Schools team has an opportunity for a Kaupapa Māori Schools Advisor to join a friendly team who are passionate about achieving tangible sustainability outcomes in Tāmaki Makaurau.


This exciting opportunity is to work with kōhanga, puna reo, kura, wharekura, schools and communities that embrace Māori culture, language and wisdom and help us support and build new and innovative sustainability initiatives through student-led action.


You will engage with pre-schools, kura, wharekura and schools to embrace Māori world views with the purpose of fostering kaitiakitanga in our community.


You can expect to work on:

  • Whakawhanaungatanga – deepen mana whenua and Māori community relationships.
  • Ekengia te poutama – increase Māori perspectives confidence and proficiency.
  • Kaitiakitanga – empower kaitiaki (Māori community).
  • Inumia ngā puna waihanga – develop kaupapa Māori innovation and creativity for scalable actions
  • Programme management, covering everything from delivery, procurement, finances, monitoring and marketing,
  • Empowering rangatahi to take action for a sustainable environment.
  • Programme management, covering everything from delivery, procurement, finances, monitoring and marketing,


He kōrero mōu: About you


For this role, we’re looking for Leaders, Rangatira and Kaiako with confidence and capability in both English and Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga settings and be able to navigate culturally diverse settings. 


As a Māori specialist staff member you will be valued for your mātauranga Māori, te reo and tikanga Māori while also acknowledging that you will be working in a system that is centred in a different worldview. You understand that upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi necessitates balancing kāwanatanga and rangatiratanga. You will actively work to advance Māori outcomes with communities across Tāmaki Makaurau.


You will be resilient, adaptable, positive and relish engaging and enabling communities! You’ll also be open minded and customer-focused; inspiring schools and community partners to work together to promote and commit to sustainable communities and kaitiakitanga.


You will have an affinity with Te Aho Tū Roa, a programme in Te Reo Māori working with kōhanga/puna reo, kura, wharekura and communities that embraces Māori culture, language and wisdom. https://www.teahoturoa.org.nz/

He kaupapa reo Māori tēnei e hāpaitia e ngā hapori, e ngā marae, e ngā kōhanga, e ngā kura me ngā wharekura reo Māori huri noa i te motu.


We will be looking for experience in:

  • Working with Māori and multi-cultural communities,
  • Project management and is highly organised, demonstrates initiative, works well independently and as a team-player
  • Building relationships and resolving issues with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Community action for sustainability/ kaitiakitanga contexts. 
  • Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga - fluency in Māori language and custom
  • Understanding of the NZ Curriculum and/or Te Marautanga O Aoteaora and/or Te Whāriki,


Please note: A current NZ Driver’s license is required for any travel across the region.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to nearly 1.5 million people. We are commiteed to environmental action and green growth to achieve our vision of becoming the world's most liveable city.


The Sustainable Schools  team  works with schools and their communities to support and deliver education for sustainability programmes and experiences.


In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment. Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.


You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts!


For a copy of the position description please click here


If you have the required experience and a passion for developing life-long learners who think and act sustainably, then we want to hear from you!



Tono mai: Apply Now!


Applications close Friday, 27th May 2022


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.


Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.