Local recruitment: Regional Adviser (Climate & Water)

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries

Northland, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Rotorua, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Gisborne, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Palmerston North, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Nelson, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Christchurch, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Position Type:Permanent Full Time
Attachments: Maori Agribusiness_Regional Adviser (Climate & Water Team)_PD.pdf (PDF, 299KB)
Application Close Date:05-Apr-2023

Job Description

Support a Māori-led low emissions future for agribusiness in Aotearoa

Are you driven to support a te ao Māori approach to respond to climate change for the primary sector?

Does the potential of mātauranga and Māori-led innovation to create intergenerational climate change solutions for whenua Māori motivate you?

Would you thrive in a team that works kanohi ki te kanohi with Māori landowners supporting tikanga-based approaches for a low emissions future?

Can you combine your cultural and primary sector knowledge and expertise to advance Māori primary sector interests?

Regional Adviser

Role type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Northland, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Nelson and Christchurch

Kōrero mō ngā Tūranga – About the roles

Tapuwae Ahuwhenua – Agriculture and Investment Services (AIS) is seeking expressions of interest for multiple roles within its newly-established Māori Agribusiness Climate and Water Team.

We have exciting opportunities for Advisers to establish and deliver two new climate change programmes led by Māori. The effects of a changing climate are already being felt by whenua Māori and the Māori primary sector. Our programmes will be designed to enable Māori landowners and agribusinesses to understand and then respond to the challenges, now and into the future, drawing on tikanga and mātauranga ā-rohe.

The Climate and Water Team has three key pieces of work:

  • A Māori-led research and development programme to explore low emissions options for whenua Māori.
  • A tikanga-based programme with tools, resources and kaiārahi (regional advisers) working directly with Māori landowners and agribusinesses to understand and respond to the challenges of climate change on their whenua.
  • A freshwater-focused programme that supports access to tools, resources and expertise to build and enhance capability and capacity of Māori landowners and agribusinesses to respond to the challenges of freshwater management regulations.

The Climate and Water Team is one of five teams within MPI’s Māori Agribusiness directorate. The other teams’ efforts focus on bringing groups together to encourage shared learning and mentoring, exploring growth opportunities across their primary sector interests, promoting innovation, supporting primary sector workforce initiatives for Māori, and to provide expert advice that informs best land use options.

To find out more about this role: Māori agribusiness climate and water advisers | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)

Ko wai koe? – About you

You’ll be joining us at an exciting time as we design, develop and implement the Climate Change Programme in its first year. The roles will work closely with Māori landowners, agribusinesses and entities, as well as creating strong connections across MPI, including with our regional Māori Agribusiness colleagues to contribute to the success of our programmes.

You may currently be working in the primary sector, on the marae, within the science and climate change communities, or working within taiao units of hapū or iwi organisations. You will have strong communication and engagement skills and will be passionate about delivering projects led by groups’ tikanga and mātauranga.

You’ll understand primary sector operating systems but will be supported with training to further develop your subject matter expertise in the field of agricultural emissions and mitigation options.

You’ll be developing strong networks with key external groups to ensure the programmes are integrated with other initiatives such as the establishment of the new Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions, On Farm Support, and industry extension programmes.

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

We’re passionate about growing prosperity in the sector while ensuring guardianship of our natural resources.

Ngā hua o te mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Comprehensive 3-day MPI Induction Programme
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Mentoring and coaching programmes

Te mahi mai tawhiti – Flexible working

We support flexible working arrangements and are happy to discuss these options with you.

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi whaitake? – Are you ready to make a difference? We are committed to being a good partner under Te Tiriti o Waitangi which includes working closely with iwi, hapū, whanau and hāpori.

We aspire to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to making Manatū Ahu Matua a great place to work for all.

In your cover letter we’d like to know about you, your values, your whakapapa; your interest and motivations for this role; the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation, which may have also been gained outside of the workforce.

To be considered for these roles, you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

Register your interest through the MPI Careers Centre (link below), indicating which region you are interested in or contact melissa.heaney@mpi.govt.nz for further information.

Expressions of Interest close 5 April 2023




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development