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General Manager

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Job Listing Date
3 Jul 2019
Northland, Rest of Northland
$100,000 - $129,999
Work Type
Full Time
CEO & General Management, General/Business Unit Manager

About the business


Te Waka Pupuri Pūtea is an asset holding group wholly owned by Te Runanga o Te Rarawa. It was established to protect, manage and grow the Iwi asset bases taking an inter-generational approach with an emphasis on economic, social, environmental and cultural outcomes; the four pou. Te Waka currently has interests predominantly in fishing, dairy, forestry, property, fibre, and financial assets. It also has collaborative investments with other Iwi.

Te Waka is looking for a dynamic and motivated General Manager to oversee and lead phases of commercial development for Te Rarawa. Reporting to the Board of Te Waka the General Manager will provide strategic leadership consistent with the principles of tikanga Māori, the practices of four pou management and Te Rarawa kaupapa.

The General Manager will be required to lead Te Waka through a phase of significant development using strategic capacity, innovation and commercial acumen to enhance the financial sustainability of Te Waka, grow additional revenue streams and continue to grow commercial holdings for Te Rarawa.


About the role


The General Manager's role is to provide strategic direction, innovation and commercial acumen to enhance the financial sustainability of Te Waka Pupuri Putea and to grow additional revenue streams and build Te Rarawa's economic base.

Key Accountabilities:   

  • Strategic leadership
  • Operational management
  • Business development
  • Driving organisational performance
  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Compliance


Benefits and perks


Based in Kaitaia, this role is an exciting opportunity to join a progressive Iwi organisation and enjoy a lifestyle that only the Far North can offer.


Skills and experience


Key Competencies: 

Strategic orientation: Develops business and governance strategy, leading and influencing all stakeholders to view the broader perspective and act in line with future priorities and plans.  Drives the organisation to achieve key strategic objectives and future needs.

Culturally competent: Comfortable working in a Maori environment at all levels. Experience with kaupapa Maori and knowledge of Iwi, hapū, marae and whānau structures that will assist with the building of synergies. Passionate about iwi development with an understanding of te reo me ona tikanga, or a willingness to upskill.

Commercially savvy: In tune with key commercial, business and industry and sector drivers, spotting areas for competitive advantage, growth and cost reduction ahead of the competition.  Develops strategies to maximise potential advantage.

Leading others: Is a natural and inspirational leader, who inspires dedication, commitment and enthusiasm in others.  Is skilled in utilising different leadership styles, but always leads by example and operates with integrity.

Persuading/Influencing: Uses effective influencing strategies at the highest level, both internal and external and ensures objections are neutralised and acceptance and buy-in is gained to way of thinking or course of action.

Change management: Develops high level change strategies across the business and provides leadership through change.  Facilitates change and ownership in own areas and across stakeholders.

Relationship building and management: Creates mutually beneficial partnerships and productive working relationships with external and internal stakeholders and interacts confidently at the highest levels employing astute interpersonal skills and building trust and respect.

Dealing with Uncertainty: Excels in an environment where there is a lack of certainty and high levels of change or ambiguity.  Thrives in role of change agent and reacts positively to changing priorities and needs.

Politically Astute: Diplomatic, politically savvy, uses internal and external resources to facilitate the attainment of objectives.  Able to work in Maori and non-Maori political environments.

Team work: Works as a team player and takes advantage of existing practices, values and beliefs to build a culture of trust and openness amongst team members and encourages all to participate and share.  Motivates team towards goals and enhances team effectiveness by taking responsibility to resolve team issues and promote harmony.


The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a general manager?
  • How many years of business management experience do you have?
  • How many years' experience do you have with change management?
  • How many years of asset management experience do you have?

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