Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori

at Massey University

Massey University, Vice-Chancellor's Office Palmerston North

Ko te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa te kaupapa e tū ngatahi ai tātou hei waihanga i ngā momo mātauranga ki te pae o angitu. He ara putanga tauira, he ara e hua ai ngā tini kaupapa ki Aotearoa puta noa i te ao whānui. Kia toi te mana motuhake o te iwi Māori, kia toi te ora o te tangata, te rangi me te whenua mā reira e whakatinana ai te mana o Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Massey has bold plans for the future and seeks a leader who is capable of assisting the university achieve its strategy as expressed in its Strategic Plan. As an underpinning element of this Strategic Plan, Massey University aspires to demonstrate authentic partnership as a Te Tiriti-led University.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori is a critical strategic leadership role in the University, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive), as part of the Senior Leadership Team. The University has a suite of focused initiatives to deliver on our aspirations to be a truly Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led University, which this role leads in partnership with colleges and services.

The successful candidate will be joining a progressive, inclusive and innovative senior leadership team with bold ambitions for our University and for its contribution to Aotearoa and our international communities. Our opportunity to make a sustained difference together is real and rewarding.


Massey University strives to be a leader in Māori education and research. As the first university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Māori Visual arts we are the only institution that offers Te Aho Tātairangi, a Māori undergraduate immersion teaching programme in partnership with Te Rūnanga nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa o Aotearoa. We are emerging as the foremost institution for the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Medium Teaching and Learning Te Aho Paerewa. Massey University also ensures the future of Māori development through its leadership in areas such as Māori Business, Māori Science and Māori Health while supporting Māori academic success through Te Rau Puawai Māori health workforce development programme. Our aim is to contribute to the continuing success and growth of the Māori economy by investing in programs that empower Māori to be self-determining and participate s citizens of the world.

The role

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori role is to:

  • provide strategic leadership to the University in connecting with key Māori stakeholders, including iwi partners, Māori Inc. and Māori educational providers amongst others
  • support the growth and development of staff capacity and capability in our colleges and services to be culturally responsive and to reflect Māori presence in our staffing profile
  • shape research endeavour relevant to Māori
  • grow the representation of Māori in our student profile, and to support their academic success
  • lead and manage a specialist team providing expert advice to University managers and staff and the Senior Leadership team on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Required attributes

The successful appointee should bring a distinct area of expertise and relevance to the University and should demonstrate the following attributes:

  • An acknowledged and respected academic with a PhD level qualification preferable, able to command respect with the academic community
  • An acknowledged Māori leader, who has respect across iwi and who is engaged within her/his communities
  • An accomplished and credible organisational leader and manager who is strategically focused, and financially astute
  • A skillful people manager, collegial in approach and has a natural inclination to mana-enhancing relationships
  • Good networks with Māori, including Māori businesses, Rūnanga, and Iwi organisations
  • Excellent competency in te reo Māori in a range of settings
  • Competent and confident in tikanga Māori in a range of settings
  • Familiar with the funding systems for research and education within Aotearoa, and able to see and capitalise on opportunities
  • An advanced understanding of and demonstrated commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the advancement of Māori development

It is expected that interviews for shortlisted candidates will be conducted over two days, being the 10th and 11th of December. For further information please contact

Closing date: 18 November 2018 Reference number: G390-18CA

For further information and to apply online, visit:

Palmerston North Manawatu-Wanganui New Zealand

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