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HR Business Partner - Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato


HR Business Partner 

Job Number: WAI24783 

Where you’ll be working: Waikato Hospital campus – Organisational Support

The details: 12 month Fixed Term, Full-time – 80 hours per fortnight

It’s hard to imagine a more important HR gig than health – we have purpose, challenge and commitment in spades. If you are ready to make a difference for people who really make a difference, have a strong track record in creating excellence, and have people at the heart of everything you do – come join us at Te Whatu Ora, Waikato.

Healthcare is arguably the most important sector in the life of our nation. Many organisations claim to make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders; at Te Whatu Ora, we truly do, providing not only health and disability services, but rural, regional and national services too. Waikato’s population is diverse and dynamic and demands the highest levels of care from its primary, secondary and tertiary health services. Our environment is fascinating, stimulating and challenging; we work alongside some of the most passionate, talented and specialised people in the world.

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

The HR Business Partnering team plays a key role in contributing to and influencing at operational and strategic levels. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is passionate about utilising their knowledge and experience in a challenging and rewarding environment. We work around organisation and culture development, employment relations, service performance, remuneration, selection and collective employment relationships. We welcome applicants from HR or another profession currently studying HR at a Post Grad level. This is not a new graduate role and you must be a seasoned professional. Applications from new graduates or professions cannot be taken further.

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Mō tātou Ratonga | About our Service

We can offer you:

  • Excellent team culture and high levels of support, working together with a group of experienced and engaged HR Practitioners.
  • Flexible working arrangements, including some working from home if desired. Our remuneration is competitive and we provide five weeks of annual leave.
  • Working in a model of high trust, flexibility and collaboration.
  • Complex and interesting environment – a huge range of professions, services, business variables etc.
  • HR Project initiatives to grow and develop your HR practitioner experience.

This year will see significant exciting developments in the health sector and we have a big focus on the development of our organisational culture and leadership.

Mōu | About you

Required skills & experience you will need to be considered for this role:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Proven experience in providing advice and solutions to leaders on people capability
  • A working knowledge of employment legislation in New Zealand
  • A proven track record of managing key relationships
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and complexity
  • Sound judgement and perspective and good commercial acumen
  • Excellent communication skills

Ko wai mātou | Our Organisation

Te iwi Ngakaunui – People at Heart

  • Whakamana – Give and earn respect
  • Whakaronga – Listen to me; Talk to me
  • Mauri Pai – Fair play
  • Whakapakari – Growing the good
  • Kotahitanga – Stronger together

It is not very often something happens that is big; like, really big. Big to the point that it will touch the lives of every single person in the country. That is what we are talking about here. The provision of Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, and how its run is about to change in a big way.

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority will together shape the delivery of Health services in Aotearoa New Zealand for generations to come, and will form the core of a modern and integrated service looking after the needs of all our Whānau.

We are dedicated to achieving health equity for Māori and other priority populations. We are a Crown entity and an active partner in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is committed to upholding the articles.

Here at Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Waikato we have a team of 8,000 working across the Waikato where everyone plays a vital role in the care of our patients – directly or non-directly. Our vision is Healthy People. Excellent Care.

Te Whatu Ora, Waikato serves the largest Māori population and third largest Pacific population in Aotearoa New Zealand. Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values-based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. Reflecting the population we serve is an important part of the care we deliver to the community. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply. We proactively develop pathways that maximise opportunity for Māori and encourage Māori to apply.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the role please contact [email protected]

Closing date: 5 June 2023


A national Vaccination Policy which includes COVID19 is under development. In the interim, a Health and Safety Risk Assessment against the requirements of the role will apply to unvaccinated candidates and employees and appropriate risk mitigation (e.g. extra PPE, RAT testing) may be taken as a result. Please note that when a Vaccination Policy is introduced it will apply to this role and need to be supported.

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Employment Type:  Fixed-term Full-time

Capability Level:  Designs

Domains of Knowledge: Employment Relations, Remuneration and Rewards, Organisational Development 

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