Emerging leader

After joining the Ministry of Justice six years ago, Marama was quickly identified as "one to watch".

At 29 she is in her first management role as a team leader in the Policy group. Of Ngati Porou descent, she is proud to represent her people in a meaningful way and to bring a different perspective to the table.

Marama knows it would be good for her career to gain experience in an operational role and is working with her manager to make this happen. She is keen on a secondment to a project in another Justice sector agency, such as Corrections, to extend her learning.

A couple of years ago Marama was nominated for the State Services Emerging Leaders Programme for Māori and Pasifika. The selection process was pretty tough and looked at proven performance as well as evaluating ability, potential and attitude. After attending the Emerging Leaders Programme and passing with flying colours, she's now on a fast track for leadership development. This involves joining up regularly with other young leaders for special tuition and group projects. There are one-on-one learning opportunities too.

Marama likes her action learning group. Facilitated by a coach, they work through scenarios they're likely to come across and collectively discuss actions they could take. It means extra effort on top of her job but it's more than worth it. And of course there's the social side too! It's fun to be among such stimulating people - she's pretty sure they'll stay friends. She's also an active member of the IPANZ New Professionals group to broaden her network.

Marama asked one of her first supervisors to be her mentor and tracks her progress against her individually tailored development plan with him.

She's humbled to be part of a cohort of high achievers and appreciates that the people of New Zealand are investing in her. For Marama, that's important. She's committed to working for the State Services for the long-term so she's in a position to give back.

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