We tautoko (support) you in the search and selection of qualified and experienced talent.

Our role in executive search and recruitment is to find the right people to enable state-sector and Māori organisations achieve their kaupapa (purpose). With a respectful understanding of te ao Māori, we will assist you in making high-quality executive, board, trustee and specialised kaupapa Māori role appointments.

‘It’s important to me that when clients are carrying out our recruitment process for Māori that the process is inclusive, our people are supported and manakitanga is shown.’

— Rachelle Russell, General Manager Māori

We find the leaders you need to advance your kaupapa (purpose).

We deliver:

  • A quality candidate pool.
  • An excellent experience for candidates.
  • Access to a bespoke digital advertising channel for the greatest reach.
  • Management of the large administrative workload.
  • Reduced legal risk when hiring.

We respectfully provide organisations access to our strong Te Ao Māori networks

What we bring

20 years of expertise

We have over 20 years’ experience in this environment and a deep understanding in kohikohi ana i ngā mahi a te Māori (finding talent for Māori-focused roles). Having placed senior Māori leaders across a wide range of both iwi and state-sector organisations, we understand the structures and needs, and which skillsets are required within each environment – be it commercial, academic, technical or cultural.

Networked to find the best talent

Using well-established networks and contacts in combination with attraction strategies, we present you with the best pool of candidates in the market. Our end-to-end process is transparent, consistent, targeted and auditable. Not only do we ensure you meet your legal obligations when recruiting senior leaders, we also operate with sensitivity and high integrity within the framework of tikanga Māori.

Trusted advisors

While you make the final candidate selection, we are here to support, challenge and guide you during the process with clear and balanced advice. We give you confidence in the process and the outcome, and we back the hiring decision with a 12-month guarantee for search candidates. We enjoy long-standing relationships, with many candidates returning to us as clients.

Our process

Our clients tell us where they want to head, and we help them assess who they need to help them on the journey. Together, we navigate the complexity and potential of the sector to get the best people for the role. Specifically for Māori organisations this involves the need to manage multimillion-dollar asset bases, and guiding visions for a long and sustainable future socially, environmentally and fiscally. Furthermore, for all Māori and state-funded organisations there is a concern for health and well-being (hauora), education (mātauranga) and cultural (tikanga) dimensions.

Service features

We deliver:

  • An end-to-end service from attraction through to appointment.
  • A combination of attraction and search strategies to assemble the best candidate pool.
  • Rigorous candidate selection procedures.
  • Talent pools suitable for niche sectors and roles.
  • Project management of change programmes.
  • Recruitment for organisational start-ups.

Total confidence and integrity

We are experienced in dealing with sensitive and confidential information from both clients and candidates. You can be assured that all communications are handled with the strictest confidence and we only share specified information, and strictly on request.


To speak with one of our team, please call +64 4 550 8000 or email us on contactus@jacksonstone.co.nz