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    Expressions of Interest called for Pou Āhurea / Cultural Coordinator

    Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua
    Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka-ā-Māui

    Ngāti Rārua descend from the Tainui waka and originate from the western coast of the King Country, Waikato. Our origins are traced back by whakapapa to the eponymous ancestor Rāruaioio, who married Tupahau, and bore the children from whom Ngāti Rārua is derived. Karewa, the son of Rāruaioio and Tupahau, married Rāruatere, entrenching the name, and the children of this marriage came to call themselves Ngāti Rārua.

    Ngāti Rārua tūpuna came to Te Tauihu o te Waka a Māui in the 1820s and 1830s, as part of the great southwards migration of the Kawhia and Taranaki tribes. Ngāti Rārua were participants in the series of war party or tauā that came to Te Tauihu and were involved in the resulting battles against the resident Kurahaupō people. These events were soon followed by Ngāti Rārua heke of occupation, whereby Ngāti Rārua established themselves as tangata whenua down the West Coast and across the top of the South Island.

    About the role:

    To build the cultural confidence, competency and cultural excellence of Ngāti Rārua by developing, implementing and coordinating the cultural development plan within “Kia Pai te Noho” strategic plan.

    • Contribute to the development of strategies and initiatives by maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the needs of Ngāti Rārua whanau hapū and Marae.
    • Facilitate the delivery of education and cultural development initiatives across rohe to build Rārua cultural competency.
    • Promote cultural development opportunities that recognise the need to be responsive to the unique needs of Ngāti Rārua whānau
    • Facilitate and coordinate consultation, engagement, meetings, communications, and events on behalf of local and central government, in consultation with iwi leaders, mana whenua, and relevant Māori organisations and leaders.

    What you’ll bring:

    Being part of the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua  is about being our best to provide the best service and resource for our people.

    Our core values are in line with those tongi left by our tipuna, “Atawhaitia i te tangata i muri i a au, kia pai te noho."

    Leadership and project management experience is required for achieving the outcomes of this role. Whilst we are looking for skills, and experience relevant to the role, we also place high importance on your ngākau maahaki, the alignment of your values with ours, your ability to contribute to and build high performing teams, and the way that you lead yourself and others.

    The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly and collaboratively across several work groups within and external to TRoNR. You will be able to demonstrate:

    • A robust ability to develop and maintain collaborative internal and external relationships and partnerships that exemplify our core value of a commitment to Māori and the Treaty.
    • Experience in working collaboratively across workgroups with diverse roles and backgrounds.
    • Cultural competence in relation to tikanga Māori.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Establish networks across central and local government at a high strategic level.

    Additional Information:

    • Applicants must be a NZ or Australian citizen, or a permanent NZ resident to apply for this position
    • The successful applicant will be required to undergo a full reference check prior to any offer of employment being made.

    Working Flexibly

    Your wellbeing inside and outside of work is important to us. We’re open to discussing flexible working options that work for you.

    How to apply

    If this position sounds like you, please submit an expression of interest and a CV to

    An application process and pre-employment checks will then be undertaken.

    Applications close 5:00pm  Friday 25 June 2021.

    Michelle Lavender

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    Expressions of Interest called for Pou Āhurea / Cultural Coordinator