Southern Lake Taupō Engagement Partner – Hoa Kaitūhono ki te Tonga

Are you looking to support communities in Turangi and Southern Lake Taupō while taking advantage of an amazing lifestyle? Then Taupō District Council is the place for you! Whether you're into fishing, hunting, hitting the slopes, swimming, biking or simply enjoying nature, the Taupō District offers an idyllic lifestyle for everyone. This is your chance to be a part of our team partnering with communities to help achieve their goals.


About the Role:

This is a brand-new opportunity created to engage with, support and develop the Turangi and Southern Lake Taupō communities.

The Southern Lake Taupō Engagement Partner – Hoa Kaitūhono ki te Tonga will be a local ambassador, building collaborative relationships and driving community-led planning to help communities to get the tools they need to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Through the development of strong relationships with whānau, hapū, iwi, community groups and other stakeholders, this role will work as a connector across the community, ensuring Turangi and neighbouring communities are able to work together.

Enhanced engagement and community development will be achieved through:

  • Creating bespoke strategies to facilitate engagement with Council
  • Developing and maintaining processes to ensure efficient two-way information flow through community groups and local stakeholders
  • Using relationships to develop community-led plans and initiatives.
  • Connecting community groups and organisations to work together to achieve common goals.
  • Assisting community members to help address and resolve their concerns through appropriate channels.


About You:

We are looking for someone who shares our passion for the Taupō District, in particular the Southern Lake Taupō region. You will have a strong understanding of tikanga Māori and a passion for growing co-governance relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi, as well as an understanding of the Southern Lake Taupō area. You will be a natural people-person, with outstanding communication skills and the ability to develop meaningful, collaborative relationships. You will thrive on working in partnership with communities to develop strategic solutions to solve their challenges. To thrive in this role, you will:

  • Have sound understanding of the legislation relevant to Local Government
  • Have developed existing contacts/relationships in Southern Lake Taupō
  • Have a strong knowledge of tikanga and kawa to ensure council is supporting whānau, hapū and iwi as a good Treaty partner
  • Be a good listener and able to effectively manage conflict
  • Be positive & focused on continuous improvement


Why you should apply:

People who live and work here say they find the work life balance exceptional with lots of family time, ample opportunity to get out and about in our wonderful environment and enjoy a healthy, active, lifestyle.

When you join us, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of opportunities to develop, along with a positive and supportive work environment. We do this through: 

  • Strong focus on employee health, wellness, and wellbeing
  • Flexible, family-friendly work environment
  • Assistance with ongoing professional development
  • Positive health and safety culture
  • Skills development programmes across different functional jobs; and
  • A supportive and social work environment where enduring friendships and collegiality develop.


About Us:

Taupō District Council is a progressive organisation committed to being our best for the community and we are looking for people who share our dedication to excellence and continuous improvement.

Guided by values of uniting, connecting & delivering, we recognise that together we can help create a bright future for our District & the communities we serve.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: IZFQ137871

Location: Taupo, Waikato, Mangakino, Turangi

Closing Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021