We are seeking a Business Growth Advisor to make a positive impact on Tairawhiti businesses! In this rewarding role, you’ll work on enabling small businesses to innovate and thrive.

About the Trust

Trust Tairāwhiti is the regional community trust, with a strategic focus on economic development, community initiatives and investments that support the wellbeing of our people and place. We have an aspiration for a region of Te Mana – Shared Pride, Te Ihi – Shared Prosperity, and Te Wehi – Shared Opportunity, with the vision that our people, whānau and communities can live the lives we value in ways that matter to us.

About the opportunity

Make a positive impact on Tairawhiti businesses! In this rewarding role, you’ll work on enabling small businesses to innovate and thrive. 

As a Business Growth Advisor, you will work with businesses of all sizes to identify their challenges and opportunities and connect them to the right information, advice, services and funding to achieve their ambitions. You will become a trusted advisor, helping businesses to achieve their development goals and connect them to the right support at the right time.

As a champion of innovation and entrepreneurship, you’ll encourage and inspire businesses to find new ways of doing things that make them more sustainable, productive, resilient and better equipped to provide opportunities for well-paid, quality jobs.

You will be a bridge between businesses, industry organisations and government agencies including Callaghan Innovation and MBIE to create a collaborative and seamless network that supports businesses to transform their ideas into real-world solutions.  

This is a proactive, visible role, so engaging with people will come naturally to you as you build trusted relationships with a diverse range of people and organisations. Your passion for Tairāwhiti will shine through as you advocate for the importance of doing great business, building future-focused skills and enhancing management capability.  

Work alongside a dedicated team led by the Business Growth and Innovation Manager and collaborate with the economic development and regional tourism teams to deliver our vision of a diverse, sustainable and innovative regional economy. 

What will you bring:

To grow and be successful in this role, you will ideally bring the following:

  • A strong understanding of business and economic development with the ability to transfer this knowledge to business owners.
  • Sound knowledge of Tairawhiti, its people and its economic development context and opportunities.
  • Exceptional communication and listening skills including excellent advocacy skills for the adoption of business best practice.
  • Experience in building trusted relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Possess a high level of cultural competency respecting Te Ao Māori.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including clear reporting, engaging presentations, and professional writing.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

Why work for us?

Trust Tairāwhiti is an inclusive and dynamic workplace that takes pride in our mahi and offers you a connected culture where we all strive to achieve our goals together. With a whānau-friendly and flexible approach to our mahi, we understand the value of work/life balance and enjoy the many benefits of living in Tairāwhiti.

We can offer you:

  • competitive remuneration
  • a workplace with a clear vision and drive to make a difference every day.
  • an environmentally focused culture where we try to minimise our footprint.
  • professional development opportunities to enable you to learn and grow with us.
  • a modern workplace environment.


If this sounds like you and you have the skill set outlined above, apply now!

Apply now