Group Manager – Policy H22_4228

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People (Whaikaha) is underpinned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) along with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition, the vision and principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL), Whānau Ora, and a firm commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi are foundational to how Whaikaha does its mahi.

Whaikaha are working with disabled people, tangata Whaikaha Māori, and their families so that their experiences can inform changes to the policies and practices which govern the disability sector and uphold the EGL vision and principles.

To undertake this role successfully the Group Manager – Policy will be a disabled person, or have credibility and trust with disabled people, as well as empathy and a deep understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people.

We are looking for a senior leader who has the ability to work in a tripartite relationship with disabled people and tangata whaikaha Māori and has sound knowledge in the following areas: disability policy, knowledge of the machinery of Government, risk management, commissioning services, and managing at the political interface.

The successful candidate will likely have deep experience and skills in leading programmes and working at a strategic level, leading other leaders across a wide span of responsibilities and in acting in an advisory capacity to Ministerial parties and central agencies. More information on these key areas can be found in the position description.

The Group Manager – Policy position reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Policy, Strategy and Partner Policy within the Policy, Strategy and Partner Business Group.

Whaikaha believe in a diverse and inclusive Ministry which reflects the communities that they serve.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact: 
David Hughes
T (call or text): +64 021 286 4470

HardyGroup is working in partnership with the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) to ensure the recruitment process is accessible.

We are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone so if you require any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in this process, please let David know.

Completed applications must be submitted by 18th November 2022 at 11:59pm. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Anna Brownjohn

“I acknowledge and authorise that the information collected from me may be used for the selection process including disclosure to Better Outcomes Partnership and where any review of appointment is sought Better Outcomes Partnership is part of the tripartite arrangement with Whaikaha, tangata whaikaha Māori and disabled people. They provide advice, guidance and support for Whaikaha.”     



Your application must include:

  • Completed HG Application Form
  • Cover letter addressed to the Principal Consultant
  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • A written response. Please provide an example for each Requirements of the role on pages 6-7 of the position description. This should detail projects, tasks or occasions where you have demonstrated each of the competencies.