Māori Community Engagement Officer

Development · Kelburn, Wellington
Department Development
Employment Type 0.5
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical research institute, with a focus on breakthrough discoveries in immunology and immunotherapy. Our key areas of research and discovery include cancer, asthma and allergy, infectious diseases, gut health and brain health. Our value lies in being an independent research organisation backed by our hapori.  


The Institute is committed to Vision Mātauranga and supports Māori health advancement in partnership with Te Urungi Māori, our Māori advisory group. Our goal is to be a leading example for independent biomedical researchers, demonstrating how investment in understanding Māori worldviews and values will build Māori research capacity and leadership.


We are seeking a proactive Māori Community Engagement Officer to assist us in growing sustainable relationships with existing and potential Māori stakeholders, research organisations, community groups and iwi partnerships who have a vested interest in biomedical research. As our new Māori Community Engagement Officer you will apply your Māori perspective to initiate and nurture these relationships and effective partnerships. You will establish and prepare itineraries, reports and communications on behalf of Te Urungi. You will be responsible for sustaining our Māori Engagement Programme, initiated in 2018, to ensure that it aligns with our vision.


This exciting opportunity is designed for someone proficient in te Reo Māori and tikanga, with excellent written and oral communication. You will successfully apply a range of skills to connect and engage across a variety of situations and audiences.


This is a part-time (20 hours per week), permanent position that requires some domestic travel. Applicants will need a full driver’s licence.


Experience and skills

  • Prior experience in a comparable engagement or advisory role.
  • Proven written and oral communication/presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in te Reo Māori.
  • A lived experience and deep understanding of tikanga Māori and kawa.


Desired traits

  • A cooperative and friendly team member.
  • A natural communicator, networker and relationship builder.
  • Effective time management.


Key responsibilities

  • Oversee interactions, presentations and hui in conjunction with our Māori Engagement Programme.
  • Provide cultural guidance and advice to the Management Team.
  • Advise on staff training and development needs, and facilitate staff training where appropriate.
  • Facilitate appropriate cultural responsiveness at local and national levels.
  • Establish a cultural standing within iwi, with Māori / iwi and community Māori service provider networks.
  • Build on and maintain relationships and activities with Capital Coast DHB Māori Advisory Group and Kia Ora Hauora Programme.
  • Attend meetings and events connected with the Institute’s Māori development and profile-raising efforts.
  • Implement and maintain a structure of KPIs, targets and other performance metrics to monitor the effectiveness of Te Urungi.
  • Manage the budget for Te Urungi.



  • Opportunities to contribute to ground-breaking biomedical research.
  • A supportive team culture.
  • Exposure to a unique research environment working with highly driven scientists and support staff.
  • Training and development opportunities to support you in your career with us, with potential for career progression.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential, professional services which can support and guide you through your personal or work challenges.
  • An excellent location, with great offices at Victoria University in Kelburn offering a great choice of cafes and other amenities.
  • Access to a range of services from Victoria University’s Research library.
  • Base salary from $37,500 (for 0.5 FTE), negotiable depending on experience.


If you think you’d be a valuable addition to our Malaghan whānau, apply now by sending both your cover letter and CV. Applications close Thursday 22 October 4pm for a start date as soon as possible. Interviews may be held immediately should the right candidates apply, so don’t wait, apply today!


Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.


The Malaghan Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


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