Closing on: Dec 18, 2022

Kairangahau Pūtaiao | Applied Traditional Knowledge

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.

In this role you will be responsible for developing and delivering a fit for purpose research proposal, research methodology, and research engagement plan, with the support of the Kaihautu Wai Maori, Iwi Co-Ordinator and Communications and Engagement Advisor, in alignment with the Te Mana o Te Wai Project Communications and Engagement Strategy and operational objectives.

Engagement with Ngāti Awa hapū delegates and their communities, and the participation of Ngāti Awa Pūkenga is integral to this position.

Key duties of this role includes:

  • Assisting in the development of framework, tools and assessments in relation to field monitoring to support the work of the project.
  • Provision of training and support to research project team members.
  • Compiling of data to prepare reports.
  • Utilising of GIS (Geographic Information System) and other related apps or tools to gather research data.
  • Communicating and demonstrating of Ngāti Awa kaitiakitanga, te reo Māori, tikanga with project participants.
  • 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.
  • Put your knowledge and passion for the preservation of wai to good use and be part of a focused team. 
  • 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:

  • Proven specialist Pūtaiao ~ Mātauranga Māori environmental, scientific and technical experience.
  • Experience and skills in engaging with and working alongside whanau, hapū, marae, kura and Iwi organisations.
  • A deep passion and understanding of research, taiao, conservation, and kaitiakitanga.
  • Familiarity with Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa vision, strategies, and Te Mahere Whakarite
  • Matatiki Taiao o Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Awa Environmental Plan).
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competency in Te Reo Māori and tikanga.
  • Project management experience.
  • Pono me te tika – Enact our values, tikanga and kawa in your mahi.
  • Ability and passion to mentor and upskill others.
  • Analytical skills and research experience.
  • Motivated and driven with the ability to self-manage.
  • Mahi tahi – skills and ability to work with your team and stakeholders.
  • Auaha – Innovative, courageous and a drive for excellence in everything you do.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (can be in progress) and/or research experience with whānau, hapū, marae, tamariki, kaumātua, and Iwi Māori.

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

Job Category: Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Whakatāne