Closing on: Dec 17, 2022

Kairangahau Mātauranga | Researcher – Traditional

 Freshwater is essential to life, vital to survival, he taonga te wai!


  • Whakatāne location
  • Fixed Term Contract until 31.03.2024
  • Work with and learn from local hapū delegates and iwi

Working with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, come and play your part in Te Mahere Rautaki Wai Māori o Ngati Awa Project for enhancing the mauri o te wai within the Ngati Awa rohe.

Working under the supervision of the Kaihautū Wai Māori o Ngāti Awa position; your key role is to support the Kaihautū in the facilitation and achievement of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa objectives its Te Māhere Rautaki Wai Māori o Ngāti Awa Project. 

Key duties of this role include:

  • Developing and delivering a “fit for purpose” research proposal, methodology and engagement plan.
  • Working with the support of the  Kaihautu Wai Māori  and Communications and Engagement Advisor, in alignment with the Te Mana o Te Wai Project Communications and Engagement Strategy and operational objectives.
  • Engagement with Ngati Awa  hapū  delegates and their communities, and the participation of  Ngāti Awa Pūkenga .
  • Research of Wai and its use in the Ngāti Awa region and how it is used.
  • Engaging and surveying the community in both written and verbal mediums.
  • Conducting interviews with persons on significant interest and local wai knowledge.
  • Searching historical Ngāti Awa and council archives.
  • Researching and visiting sites of significant importance or historical importance.
  • Utilising of personal or community iwi network and contacts to identify persons and places of interest.
  • Ensuring confidentiality of private information of project participants and interviewees.
  • Facilitating communications or meetings with local groups of interest with  Ngāti Awa iwi, hapū and whanau.
  • Having familiarity with the Resource Management Act 1991, the NZ National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 and your understanding of the Principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Mataatua Declaration on Water 2002 to work in this amazing project.

The keys to success of your application will be your:

  • Relevant or current studies and experience in Resource and Environmental Management
  • Planning experience
  • Understanding of kaupapa Māori  & te reo is preferable
  • Proven and compassionate people skills
  • Outstanding communication skill, to build rapport and trust so that the project is understood
  • Strong listening skills will be required for the observation process

For more information or to apply for this position visit: HR Connect

Job Category: Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
Job Type: Fixed Term
Job Location: Whakatāne