Policy Partnerships Te Puni - Te Puni Kōkiri


Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development, works within government and communities to enable thriving whānau.  Whānau development and whānau-centred approaches sit at the centre of Te Puni Kōkiri policy, activities and initiatives. 

Our Policy Partnerships Te Puni works at the forefront of policy development within Te Puni Kōkiri, and we’re looking to build our existing talent base and recruit an experienced Principal Policy Analyst to join our Whānau Wellbeing Team, located in our Wellington National Office. 

The Role

Principal Policy Analyst

As a Principal Policy Analyst professional you will provide intellectual vision and leadership, and you will have extensive knowledge of machinery of government and public policy to support whānau and tamariki to thrive.

You will demonstrate a drive for results achieved through initiative and leadership, and you will be able to forge strong working relationships with key stakeholders.  You will quickly assimilate new and complex information, and apply your excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work to tight timeframes.  As a natural and effective communicator, you will work collaboratively with your intellectual peers within Te Puni Kōkiri and across government departments to produce and inspire innovative policy that delivers results.  

About You

You will have extensive experience working on complex policy matters and leading the design and development of policy advice to Ministers.

You could come from a range of policy backgrounds but while some prior knowledge in the field of social policy would be advantageous, what is most important is that you are comfortable coming up to speed quickly with new issues.

You need to be:

  • Set apart from the others because of your understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori, and your desire to make a positive tangible difference to Māori
  • Experienced at working collaboratively with others to develop solutions and influence
  • A critical thinker with analytical rigour who can see things from a range of perspectives
  • An excellent communicator both orally and through writing to a range of audiences
  • Able to see the big picture yet distil complex issues into clear advice

We Can Offer

  • An environment where you’ll prosper as part of a whānau that is committed to the kaupapa of ‘Thriving Whānau’
  • An environment that is guided by its values of excellence, valuing people and relationships, working collectively and being creative and innovative
  • A promise that we invest in our people – you’ll be encouraged to develop and contribute to your fullest potential
  • A commitment towards your wellbeing, financial security and learning & development – we even provide in-house Te Reo Māori training and have our own Kapa Haka group


To apply, please email your covering letter, a completed application form and your CV to vacancy@tpk.govt.nz

Applications close 12.00pm, Friday 12 April 2019. 

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