Senior Advisor – Workplace Health and Safety, Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities

  • Are you a Health and Safety subject matter expert with skills and experience to partner with diverse business groups to drive operational excellence?
  • Are you passionate about shaping the future of Health and Safety learning performance within an organisation?
  • Location: Hamilton based role
  • $108,859 per annum, with 5 weeks annual leave plus Kiwisaver plus a suite of insurance benefits

Mō mātou - Our organisation
At Kāinga Ora, ours is the important responsibility of transforming New Zealand's housing choices, outcomes and the entire housing sector by creating homes and communities that allow New Zealanders to thrive.

What is exciting about working for Kāinga Ora is getting the chance to make a real and positive impact on New Zealanders' lives. With skills, planning and purposeful action, our people are creating the homes and neighbourhoods that will build the future of Aotearoa.

We are passionate about transforming New Zealand for the better. That includes being a trusted partner for Māori and iwi, protecting and enabling their rights, interests and aspirations under the guidance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


Ko tā mātou mahi - Our Role

We are looking for a motivated and experienced individual to join us as a Senior Advisor – Workplace Health and Safety based in Hamilton. In this role, you will build strong relationships and work in partnerships with the wider Kāinga Ora team, external contractors, maintenance and build partners, to ensure delivery on the principles of human organisational performance are incorporated into the way we carry out our work. As this role has a national focus, there will be a periodic requirements for travel.


As the Senior Advisor, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the safety culture and operational performance of Kāinga Ora. Your responsibilities will include:


  • Delivering on the leadership attributes (see position description) for this role to support a high performing team and organisation
  • Collaborating with internal business groups, external contractors, maintenance, build partners and Total Risk to influence and provide operation advice
  • Ensuring that human organisational performance principles are woven into every aspect of our work
  • Safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our people, partner and stakeholders
  • Driving continuous improvement in safety and operational performance in line with industry best practices
  • Staying abreast of the latest industry trends and regulatory updates to keep us at the forefront of safety excellence
  • Ability to travel nationally


Join our team today and be part of an organisation that values your expertise, fosters a culture of continuous learning, and makes a real impact on the health and safety of our people. Apply now to contribute to our mission and help us create a safer and more secure work environment for everyone.


Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu - What you will bring

  • Extensive experience in Health and Safety with a NEBOSH International General Certification being desirable OR level 6 Qualification in the Health and Safety related field.
  • Experience and skills in auditing techniques and ICAM or equivalent training.
  • Strong influencing skills and an in depth understanding of HSWA.
  • Strong understanding of stakeholder collaboration and planning processes.
  • Knowledge of risk management and Health and Safety culture enhancement.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to align with operational priorities.
  • Understanding of partnership obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

For further information, please see attached position description.

Nōu te rourou - What's in it for you?  
We offer competitive salaries, five weeks' annual leave and a benefits package including a range of insurances, flexible working arrangements and career development. These benefits are described in more detail here link)

As a Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities employee, we want to make sure that you have all the tools and support you need. We want to ensure you are healthy and have work-life balance. We also want to support and grow your personal and career development through on-the-job learning, training courses, secondments and study opportunities. 


Ō Tātou Uara - Our Values
Our values were developed by us, for us. They unite us as an organisation and guide how we work every day. Our values are:

  • Manaakitanga - People at the Heart
  • Mahi Tahi - Better Together
  • Whanake - Be Bold


Tūhono mai - Join us
To view the position description and apply for this role, please follow the online process via link).

Please note: all applicants, including existing employees, need to follow this process. If you have any questions, please contact the recruitment team via

Applications close 25 September 2023.

We value diversity and are committed to working with each other and our customers in an inclusive and respectful way. We welcome applicants from all walks of life and appreciate the richness of experience that your point of difference brings to the organisation.