Work with us

We're a dynamic new Ministry committed to transforming our community. As we grow, we need the right people to join our team and shape the future of disability services in New Zealand.

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This is an exciting opportunity to challenge the way things have been done and deliver better outcomes for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, families and whānau in line with the Enabling Good Lives external URL approach.

We are committed to creating a workplace that is inclusive and accessible, staying true to 'nothing about us, without us'. (Our governing ethos that no policy should be decided without the input of the community it affects.)

Flexible workplace and roles

We are a flexible workplace and open to candidates who want different working hours or locations in their roles. We have offices located in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Some roles may be advertised with part-time hours but if you see any role that comes up that match your skills, even if it is full-time, we encourage you to apply and mention in your application the flexibility or reduced hours you would require.

We do have staff that job share their positions and we are invested in increasing this number across the organisation.

If you have a specific query or accommodation request for our recruitment team, please email

Curious about working for Whaikaha?

Learn about Whaikaha and what motivates the Whaikaha team to do their work.

Subtitles are available and a transcript is available below the video. You can also download the video transcript word document (DOCX 47KB).

Whaikaha job vacancies

At the moment, we are relying on the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and external job websites to host our recruitment advertisements.

If for any reason you can't use these sites, please contact us and we will make sure we send you specific information you are interested in regarding roles we have available.

Current vacancies


Principal Advisor, NZSL

You will lead and support others to develop strategic work, such as the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Strategy and will lead the development of action-focused work programme to support this strategy. You will support the development of policy advice in relation to NZSL and Deaf people, such as options to develop the quality and quantity of the NZSL workforce.

Apply on the Principal Advisor, NZSL page on the MSD website external URL

  • Location: Wellington
  • Applications close: 30 June 2024

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Senior Advisor, People and Culture

As the Senior Advisor, People and Culture you will be responsible for providing trusted HR and employment relations advice and support.

Apply on the Senior Advisor, People and Culture page on the MSD website external URL .

  • Location: Wellington
  • Fixed term: finishing 30 June 2025

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Senior Advisor, Planning and Performance

You will take a leadership role in the development and implementation of the planning processes and systems across Whaikaha and contribute to the development of the organisational strategy, work programme, and performance and planning frameworks.

Apply on the Senior Advisor, Planning and Performance page on the MSD website external URL .   

  • Location: Wellington
  • Applications close: 19 June 2024

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Principal Policy Analyst

As a Principal Policy Analyst, you will lead a range of projects and policy initiatives within the Ministry.  A key work programme is to develop advice on policy settings to support fiscal sustainability of the disability support system, while providing choice and control for disabled people over the support they receive.  

Apply on the Principal Policy Analyst page on the MSD website external URL

  • 12 months fixed term
  • Location: Wellington
  • Applications close: 17 June 2024