Kaiarahi Matua Conservation Accord Implementation | Waikato

Posted on 13-May-2022
Application close date: 30-May-2022
Project Management
Position type:
Job reference:
  • Be the interface of implementing Treaty settlements between Te Papa Atawhai and Waikato-Tainui
  • Bring your passion for river restoration, conservation protection or education and capacity building
  • Apply your knowledge of tikanga, te reo and matauranga Maori within a government agency to deliver on Treaty settlement


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


At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Waikato River is a significant part of New Zealand's history and for generations sustained tangata whenua, their way of life, and their ability to meet obligations of manaakitanga (hospitality).

The Waikato-Tainui Conservation Accord recognises that Waikato-Tainui have a special relationship with the Waikato River, and we are committed in working together to ensure mana whakahaere is recognised and that mana o te awa is provided for through a five-yar Implementation Plan.

Your role is to ensure implementation of the mahi from the Implementation Plan, centred under three Pou: Restoration, Protection and Capability is delivered. 

The work will include maintaining effective relationships with Waikato-Tainui, planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress, communicating and collaborating across Te Papa Atawhai boundaries and functions to ensure consistency of implementation across the settlement rohe and being an integral advisor to the Operations Manager and part of the district leadership team. 



He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

Driven by your experience of working in collaborative environments, this role will have a strong focus on engagement, relationship management and communication.

To be successful in this role you need to have:

  • A commitment to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and uphold the principles of the Kiingitanga and Waikatotanga
  • An understanding of the Waikato Tainui Settlement in relation to the Waikato River and the importance of protecting the integrity of the Waikato River itself
  • Confidence to represent the values and principles of both Te Papa Atawhai and Waikato-Tainui in public forums
  • A relevant qualification or significant skills in project management, complimented with business writing and communication skills
  • Excellent people skills and a strong drive for results through collaboration proven through your ability to establish networks that deliver on mutual outcomes
  • Delivery focus to get the job done
  • Ability to use, apply or learn systems and processes in a large business or government agency environment
  • Understand the work of Te Papa Atawhai and how it contributes to New Zealand's future sustainability



 Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.


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

This is a permanent role that will leverage off past work that put the implementation plans in place.  This will enable you to focus on implementation and delivery, knowing you and your team are doing the right mahi. 

Governance between Te Papa Atawhai and Waikato-Tainui will provide direction on future implementation focus areas that ensure you continue to learn and develop.

DOC is a multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) we offer:

  • Online professional development portal
  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Te Kāwai Aho Tapu Māori Kaimahi network
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition, and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.


Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 30 May 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Tinaka Mearns,  tmearns@doc.govt.nz  

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/03320


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.


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


Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.


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