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PHANZ Policy Advisor-Māori

Summary of your role

This year the Public Health Association of NZ will have 50% Māori representation on our executive council, which includes a Māori Co-President position. This reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi that we recognise as the founding document of Aotearoa, and the beginning of our journey to strengthening our commitment to becoming a Te Tiriti based organisation.

As the Policy Advisor-Māori, you will be responsible for leading all aspects of PHA Maori policy and submissions development. You will be a strong and influential leader with excellent communication skills, providing a Te Tiriti “lens” over all PHA’s policy development and analysis. Your primary working relationships will be with national office staff, the Policy Working Group and stakeholders, and PHA members. As part of a policy and communications team, you will support the PHA’s policy statement development process & support coordination of the Policy Working Group.

As a vital part of our team, you’ll work with us to develop collaborative efforts toward evidence-informed submissions that will support our members and stakeholders in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will assist the co-ordination of a group of Māori Public Health professionals within the Public Health units while advocating for systemic and institutional change to achieve equity.

You will be encouraged to support the office with your knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga and will bring with you strong networks that span Māori health professionals, promoters and Māori community leaders.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the association and public health in New Zealand.

We are looking for someone who:

• Has a passion for policy analysis and development, ideally in public health

• Shows respect for, and has an interest in, Māori history and traditions, including use and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori

• Is comfortable in situations where tikanga is observed and shows leadership in asserting its importance

• Understands the importance of Te Tiriti principles for policy analysis and development

• Can work in a small team and on your own

• Has experience with content-development, design, editing and publishing information resources, for health promotion and advocacy campaigns

Terms and conditions:

This is a full time 12 month Fixed Term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

For further information, job description and applications email PHA Office Manager Nikita Kataria

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, by no later than 29th September 2021

Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards 2021

Ka whati te tai, ka pao te tōrea

Seize the opportunity that this could bring

Hei Āhuru Mōwai Māori Cancer Leadership and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa Cancer Society NZ are excited to be sharing with you today the details of our first joint scholarship round together.

The Māori Cancer Researcher (Early Career) Awards are for Māori pursuing PHDs in the cancer space, with a focus on Hauora Māori, reducing cancer inequities and maximising Māori cancer health gains.

The award comprises a $40,000 per year stipend, $10,000 per year toward tuition, and a $10,000 tikanga allowance across the length of the award.

Applications open next Friday, but all eligibility criteria and award information is already available on our websites:

We look forward to reviewing applications from across the motu, and welcome any pātai in advance of applications being submitted at any of the following contact points:

Cancer Society Research: or 04 494 7270 or 

Moahuia, CEO of Hei Āhuru Mōwai:

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    The Award is presented annually to a person or roōpu who demonstrate leadership in hauora Māori.

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    Recipients notified by Friday 27th November, 2020.

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