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Tuhono Connector, Enabling Good Lives

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    10 October 2021

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  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Ministry of Social Development

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About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.

We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.

About the role

'Enabling Good Lives’ is the title of a 2011 report that the Minister of Disability Issues commissioned from a group representing the disability sector. It recommended transforming the entire system of government-funded disability supports to give disabled people greater choice and control over their supports, so they can live the lives they want.

As Tūhono/Connector you will be responsible for working directly with disabled children, adults and their families and whanau to assist them achieve Enabling Good Lives outcomes. The key to sustainable outcomes in this role will be your ability to listen to the aspirations and preferences of disabled people and their families and whānau and assist them to think about the options they have at the moment and what they could do that is new and different.

As the face of the organisation, you are able to call on your influencing ability to build and maintain working relationships with whanau, external organisations, participating government agencies, NGOs, wider disability networks and the community.

Skills & Experience

It’s important that you possess a good understanding and insight into disability. You can demonstrate that you are able to manage a variety of tasks, re-prioritise workload and can develop and monitor your work plan and process for achieving targets. It is also desirable that you have an understanding of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori and have worked in partnership with iwi, hapu and whānau as appropriate.

Preference is given to those who:

• have lived experience of disability

• have a passion for people changing their lives for the better

• can be tenacious, professional and driven to overcome temporary road blocks

• have strong networks in the Waikato

• are experienced at identifying opportunities and risks

This is an ANZSCO level 4/5 role so New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency at time of application is required.

How to Apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form. Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the requirements of this job.

All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Internal MSD employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

External candidates – (including Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children employees) must apply directly through our MSD careers page at

Closing date: 10th October 2021

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