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Kaihautū Pūtaiao – Mātauranga Māori

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Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.

We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse, and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

Our Māori Partnerships team is on the lookout for a Kaihautū Pūtaiao Mātauranga to provide mātauranga Māori delivery and interpretation requirements that give effect to Regional Council’s functions, plans, strategies, and policies. This includes developing and undertaking research projects, the implementation and management of monitoring projects for state of the environment reporting and providing technical advice.   This is a core role to build trust and effective relationships with tangata whenua in the field of environmental management.

We need someone who will lead, guide and support Council’s recognition, understanding and expression of mātauranga Māori, to ensure council staff are equipped to value and recognise mātauranga Māori within their work, and to enable the Council to achieve its obligations under RMA instruments and Te Tīriti o Waitangi.

You will be a charismatic, motivated individual who connects to our organisation’s vision and purpose and can live the values of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. This vital role will see you acting as a mentor, coach and role model to Council staff to assist their recognition, understanding and adaptation to incorporate mātauranga Māori values. You will know how to engage and relate with iwi, hapū and marae as the primary source of mātauranga Māori to ensure their confidence and support to share knowledge and wisdom. You will recognise and provision for the sanctity and protection of mātauranga Māori that has been shared with council. The relationships you develop and maintain will be with our critical partners and connected to our shared environmental, biodiversity, marine/coastal and climate change outcomes.


About you:

You will have outstanding interpersonal communication skills and the confidence and knowledge to go out to our community and build effective, positive relationships with key stakeholders. A level of proficiency or willingness to acquire Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga would be advantageous.

In addition to the above you will also have:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification, preferably a post grad qualification.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a middle management or senior manager role in the public or private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to easily develop and foster critical relationships with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders.
  • The ability to initiate and engage effectively at all levels, internally and externally, with strong engagement and facilitation skills.


The salary range for this role is between $108,090 and $120,100 depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.


All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the job description please click here.

Please apply via SEEK

If this sounds like you then apply today! Applications close 14 February 2022.

31 January 2022

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