Manahautū / Chief Executive Officer


Reference Number: 8704SIaa

Manahautū / Chief Executive Officer


Me aro koe ki te hā o Hineahuone,

Pay heed to the dignity of women.

  • Te whakamarohi i te hauora me te oranga o te Māori; o te wahine me tōna whānau
    Enhancing the health and wellbeing of Māori/women and their whānau
  • Te whakapūmau i te anamata angitu ki ngā reanga katoa
    Securing positive future for all generations
  • He tūranga hautūtanga ka noho i Ōtautahi
    Ōtautahi based leadership role


Ko wai mātou / Who we are

Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust is a kaupapa Māori community-based organisation. It was founded in 2005 and is committed to upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi in promoting whānau ora (wellbeing) for all, with a particular focus for whānau Māori.  Our whakapapa is rooted in the vision and mahi of Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts, of Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and the Ōtautahi branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League who established the Trust to enhance the health and wellbeing of wāhine Māori and their whānau.

Delivering health, education, justice, and social services to whānau in the Waitaha Canterbury rohe, we work with whānau across the lifespan – from pregnancy through to end of life – as they navigate all aspects of their health and wellbeing. In addition to supporting māmā hapū and whānau in the early years of parenting, drawing on the mātauranga of our tīpuna, we also assist whānau who have physical illness (such as chronic disease), mental health and addiction challenges, and support those who are seeking to fulfil their cultural and spiritual aspirations.  Holistic support is whānau-centric, with the wellbeing of tamariki paramount to everything we do.


Mō te tūranga | About The Role

As the Manahautū/CEO, you will be entrusted with the responsibility of providing strategic leadership to Te Puawaitanga to ensure it delivers Crown funded contracts for health, social services and from other sectors. Key to this position is the ability to actively partner with other organisations and agencies to improve outcomes for Māori living in the Ngāi Tahu rohe and to engage in proactive advocacy to ensure the Crown fulfils its Article III obligations.

You will lead a team of kaimahi who are committed to ensuring whānau have the space and opportunity to express their mana motuhake self-determination and achieve their aspirations through access to culturally safe and responsive support.  Dedicated professionals, our kaimahi strive for excellence in all aspects of their work. Practice is inclusive, evidenced-based, current, and informed by a range of Māori models of health and wellbeing.


Ka whakatinanahia ēnei āhuatanga e koe | You will bring:

  • Ability to work within a Kaupapa Māori organisation and systems.
  • Visionary and proven leadership experience in a relevant field, with a track record of driving strategic initiatives and effecting positive change.
  • Working knowledge of the health, education, justice and social services/community development sector and experience in working closely with diverse stakeholder groups at both a governance and management level.
  • A track record of success in leading organisational change particularly within a Kaupapa based organisation.
  • Advocacy and representation experience at a senior level.
  • Financial management expertise, including risk management, budgets, fiscal plans and forecasting skills.  
  • Experience in managing contracts and achieving KPI’s.
  • Highly developed and commercially driven, ability to conceptualise collaborative initiatives and bring them to reality.
  • Sound understanding of Te Ao Māori, and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Alignment to Te Puawaitanga ki Ōtautahi Trust values.
  • Experience reporting to a Board.


He tangata pēnei koe | You will be:

  • Experienced in working with Māori and within a kaupapa Māori environment.
  • An exceptional communicator, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse stakeholders, including funders, community leaders, and the public.
  • A strategic thinker, with a collaborative approach, capable of navigating complex issues.
  • An excellent people leader, with extensive senior leadership experience and strong negotiation and decision-making skills.
  • Strong in supporting staff – growing capability, building accountability and celebrating contributions.
  • A leader in building partnerships and working collaboratively with other providers of services.
  • Innovative; able to identify new business opportunities.
  • Able to develop and improve business systems and processes.

A postgraduate qualification in management or similar is desirable, along with experience developing new service streams.