Careers in conservation & the environment

Pou Tairangahau, (Fixed Term/Secondment) – Department of Conservation – Hamilton

  • Fixed Term
  • Hamilton
  • 27/09/2021

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  • Do you have a passion to change how our people engage with Te Papa Atawhai?
  • Do you want to be part of leading and supporting the strategic direction of our region and organisation?
  • Can you bring your understanding of Tikanga Maori and Whakawhanaungatanga to a role that asks you to look at opportunities for how we can do things differently?

This is a fixed term opportunity covering for a secondment until 31 August 2022. We are also open to fill this vacancy as an internal/external secondment from within the Public Sector.

You will be a dedicated and collaborative individual who feels inspired to lead, support and be connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

Supporting our Kaihautū Matarautaki / Operations Director for the Hauraki/Waikato/Taranaki region and working alongside our Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai team, our Pou Tairangahau will be responsible for supporting us all to build strong meaningful relationships, in partnership with our whānau, hapū and iwi, to deliver on our conservation goals and to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

This is a role that calls on your experience across Tikanga Māori and Te Ao Māori, commitment and passion for Te Taiao, and ability to work strategically and collaboratively.

This is a significant strategic role where our Pou Tairangahau leads our region’s approach with whānau, hapū and iwi, through:

  • Supporting Kaihautū Matarautaki to build and implement a strategic approach for stronger relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi;
  • Lead our approach to building cultural capability of the region’s staff and provide support, coaching and mentoring to the Kaihautū Matarautaki and Senior staff provide regional leadership on the implementation of treaty settlements at place, in support of accountable managers;
  • Identify, support or lead opportunities to work with whānau, hapū and iwi;
  • Work on national priorities, systems, policies and strategies as part of Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai.

This role is primarily based in Hamilton, although may have the flexibility to work across one of the offices in the region.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will be fluent in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga and have a strong knowledge of tikanga Māori, kaitiakitanga, wairuatanga, manaakitanga and iwitanga. Proven relationship management experience is needed to assist you to comfortably engage and work in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua. In addition, you will have:

  • Strong communication style in both written and oral mediums;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, its principles and implications on society and conservation;
  • Experience working collaboratively with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Knowledge and experience working with business, Government Departments and Local Authorities is desirable.

It is also desirable to have an existing relationship to or understanding of the iwi landscape of these Regions.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Excellent development opportunities across the District.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating your motivation for joining Te Papa Atawhai, aligning your skills and experience to this role, our values and Kaupapa.

For any queries, please contact Marie Manley, or phone 027 578 2714 quoting vacancy 400/03010

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 27 September 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.



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