Senior Planner Maori Relationships - External

Creating Great Places, Supporting our People


Ka whakaāhua haere te Kaunihera o te Taitokerau ki te Raki kia puta atu i tētahi kaiwhakawhiwhi mahi ake o te rohe nei – ānei rā tō mātou whai hua, kia manaakitanga, kia ngākau pono, kia mātanga hoki hei arataki pai rawa atu ki ā mātou kiritaki me tā mātou hapori whānui.

The Far North District Council is on a transformation journey to become one of the region’s most sought after and valued employers – we value manaakitanga, integrity and professionalism in delivering outstanding value to our customers and the community


Te wero – The Challenge

We recognise the importance of whanau, hapū and iwi within Te Taitokerau and with that we have established a new department called Te Hono. The goal of Te Hono is to establish high trust collaborative relationships with Māori and to align our services to consider Māori aspirations within our processes.

We are passionate about achieving enduring relationships with Māori but know that we are at the beginning of our journey with our increased capacity and capability.  Therefore, we are looking for people with existing skills and experience in a local government or central government context as well as extensive knowledge within Te Ao Māori who are passionate about improving Council and Council staff’s relationships with Māori.


Mō koe – About You

As the Senior Planner Māori Relationships External you will be responsible for providing strategic, technical and analytical advice to Māori in order to grow the relationship and engagement between Māori and council. 

You will:

  • Be a skilled advisor with a sound knowledge of the mechanics of local government, plans, policies and planning processes.
  • Be responsible for providing sound advice to build capability and capacity within iwi/Māori and at the same time, ensure Māori aspirations are considered by council when undertaking these functions.
  • Be proficient in local government legislation with an ability to distil this for your target audience.
  • Bring strong relationship skills, and good networks and experience working with Māori across Te Taitokerau.


Tā mātou āroha– What we Offer

If you are looking for a 'career' rather than a 'job' - look no further!

Far North District Council is a progressive and growing Council filled with like-minded people who love what they do and are committed to providing superior services to residents in their community. 

The salary for this position is Grade 16 within Council's salary structure ($74,491 - $87,636) plus Kiwi Saver, dependent on qualifications and experience.  We offer you flexible work arrangements and the chance to enjoy the lifestyle and beauty only the Far North region can provide.

You will also be given all the tools of the trade you need to hit the ground running including a phone and laptop and a professional development plan to ensure your ongoing growth and success within the organisation. 

Positions like this don't come along often so don't wait - apply now!

Permanent Full Time

Job no: FNDC42979

Location: Northland, Far North

Closing Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019