New Vacancy: Kaihautū

Location: Wellington / Permanent / Full Time

Position purpose

The Kaihautū will lead CFFC’s engagement with Māori to understand the Māori perspective of retirement. This role will help drive improvement in retirement outcomes for Māori by connecting and aligning the CFFC’s work with related state sector policy streams. The Kaihautu will also be the CFFC’s champion of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori and the devisor and leader of strategies to help the team embrace them.

Key aspects of the role include

  • Ensure the principles and obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi are integrated into CFFC practice 
  • Establish strong, productive high-level relationships between the CFFC, various Government agencies, iwi and other Māori representative bodies 
  • Develop and implement a strategic engagement plan with Māori that includes external and internal procedures and practices for example te reo and policy
  • Raise awareness and develop cultural competency in all team members through internal training and activities
  • Provide cultural insight, advice and support across the organisation to ensure policy and programmes incorporate Māori perspectives

Essential skills and experience

  • Proficient in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Extensive knowledge of Te Ao Māori – whakapapa, whānau, hapu, iwi
  • Extensive connections and networks into the Māori public service  
  • Ability to build and maintain key relationships in the Māori community
  • Proven record of interacting at a strategic senior management level
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills including consultation, collaboration and negotiation 
  • Ability to gain and maintain professional credibility, confidence and respect across a wide range of agencies and community groups 
  • A degree in a relevant field is desirable


About the Commission for Financial Capability

The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) is the office of the Retirement Commissioner. The CFFC aims to help New Zealanders to retire with confidence. Retiring with confidence means New Zealanders feel secure that they’ll have resources to live and the know-how to make ends meet. We focus on three areas; Retirement Policies, Retirement Villages and Financial Capability. As part of our role we advise Government on the policies that will enhance retirement outcomes for New Zealanders. We also help support individuals to better prepare for retirement, and we contribute to better understanding of what retirement means in the 21st century. Times are changing.

Tā Mātou Whakakitenga/Our Vision
New Zealanders retire with confidence

Tā Mātou Kaupapa Mātāmua/Our Mission
To help improve retirement outcomes for New Zealanders, with trusted information, informed advocacy and effective collaboration