Māori staff with mātauraka Māori on panel for ALL interviews

On every new appointment interview panel, there ought to be a Māori representative that posseses mātauraka Māori who can provide a Māori perspective on the interviewee. There should also be a question about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Cultural Safety relevant to discipline/work area asked in every interview. 

Why the contribution is important

This will allow all new empoyees to not only understand, but to see firsthand the importance that the organisation attributes to embedding equity and Te Tiriti o Waitangi in services that are provided. This would foster the understanding that there is an expectation from the employer from the very beginning that these concepts must be incorporated into the work that each individual undertakes and it would contibute towards making every employee accountable for equity. 

by Kylie on November 15, 2022 at 11:05AM

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  • Posted by LisaT November 15, 2022 at 13:27

    It is also important that this Māori representative is a part of the entire recruitment process ie the position description, the advert, the short list, interview, and selection of successful candidate. We need to be trying to recruit Māori staff and demonstrating our commitment to te ao Māori and equity.

    As well as questions about te Tiriti and cultural safety, I would include equity, and the responses to these questions should have a high priority in the selection process.
  • Posted by SteveYork November 16, 2022 at 08:38

    Ae tautoko! This should already be happening and those questions used for the interview should also be used in the employee annual performance reviews. After all, if we require new potential employees to be culturally responsive towards Māori, those already employed should also be able to demonstrate their responsiveness. The health reforms is an indictment that the past and present responsiveness towards equity for Māori has and is below par and fails to meet the expectations of what we require from new employees.
  • Posted by koralfitzgerald November 17, 2022 at 13:24

    If we are authentic and passionate about upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the process should begin with 'Timatanga, karanga mai, kōrero mai, mā wai?' Be inclusive from the beginning and ensure Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti are journeying together in all recruitment processes, from identifying the need for a role to supporting the successful candidate/s post-induction and beyond.
    Āe tautoko.

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