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Kaiwhakarite – Māori Development Specialist

20 FEB, 2019

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Mauri tū, Mauri ora

The Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF’s) vision is Mauri tū, Mauri ora – creating a society where all people flourish.

We have an exciting opportunity for a new kaimahi to be part of our Māori Development team. As the new Māori Development Specialist, you’ll help improve the MHF’s responsiveness to Māori. The position will work collaboratively with all MHF teams to advise on cultural requirements for designing and developing programmes, marketing and resources as required and to contribute to campaign and strategic planning.

If you’re a doer and a finisher who has a strong knowledge of Te Ao Māori, including Te Reo me ona tikanga, and you’re keen to step up and make a positive change to the mental health and wellbeing of Māori it would be our privilege to speak with you. 

The successful candidate will have a broad range of skills and experience forming and maintaining empathetic relationships with Māori communities, organisations and agencies. They must also have a focus and passion for contributing to whānau ora for Māori.

You will be responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining internal relationships within the organisation
  • Supporting the Māori Development Manager in building and maintaining external programme/campaign-related relationships with Māori communities, organisations and agencies
  • Supporting the Māori Development Manager to implement and review the Mental Health Foundation’s Māori Development Annual Plan, programmes and projects
  • Advising internally on campaigns, resources and programmes to ensure they are engaging, effective and appropriate for Māori
  • Developing, faciliating and managing internal cultural training programmes
  • Supporting wānanga and other learning and development forums, including designing and presenting workshops to Māori audiences
  • Providing advice on consultation and focus groups
  • Supporting volunteers/champions
  • Supporting the organising and running of hui and presentations
  • Supporting the MHF evaluation practices

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. 

The MHF has an ongoing commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through guiding and prioritising our work to support the flourishing of Māori, and we understand that to advance our vision of a society where all people flourish the MHF must recognise the cultural and historical context of mental health in New Zealand including:

  • The bicultural foundation of Aotearoa/New Zealand underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • The aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi for self-determination
  • The history of colonisation, plus the inter-generational trauma and inequitable social outcomes it created
  • The significant inequities of mental health and wellbeing for Māori

We have prioritised tangata whenua and we support tino rangitiratanga as a way of Māori achieving whānau ora.

If this sounds like you we would love to hear from you. For a copy of the position description, including the person specifications and the application form, please email human_resources@mentalhealth.org.nz and quote reference MDS19. Closing date for applications is: Friday the 8th of March.

Check out this video to find out more about the organisation and the role itself – hear from some current MHF staff members about why they love working here and what you can expect in this role.

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Mauri tū, Mauri ora