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Waikato River Authority Chair in Mātauranga Wai

Waikato River Authority Chair in Mātauranga Wai

Waikato River Authority Chair in Mātauranga Wai

University of Waikato

Closing Date : 20 Jul 2019

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori

Fixed-term for five years

The University and NIWA have established a joint institute named Te Waiora, Joint Institute for Freshwater Management. Te Waiora will build on the University's teaching and research in freshwater science and management, law, mātauranga and Māori Studies and related disciplines and NIWA's role as the lead Crown Research Institute in freshwater science. Combining these teaching and research resources in Te Waiora will extend leadership in the area of freshwater research and management, enable a multidisciplinary approach to issues, provide enhanced opportunities for students, and create critical mass to ensure a substantial lift in the quality of freshwater decision-making and outcomes for New Zealand. Fundamental to the work programme of Te Waiora is incorporating mātauranga Māori and iwi freshwater research priorities. The institute values its wider partnerships and has iwi representation on its governance.

This is an innovative, cutting edge new position, to lead and promote Mātauranga Māori and Iwi freshwater research priorities in research and teaching. You will have broad and in-depth knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, tikanga, and Iwi freshwater rights and interests. Must have good networks and relationships with Iwi Māori and Māori researchers; understanding of the Treaty Settlements including Te Ture Whaimana (Waikato River Vision and Strategy); relationship management skills to enable inter- and trans- disciplinary research collaboration; excellent oral and written communication including cross-cultural translation of concepts and high-quality presentation skills.

You will be PhD qualified in a relevant field and be highly recognised for your contribution to Iwi Māori and the academic field at a national and international level through your demonstrated track record of high quality publications, other research contributions and presentations.

Additional essential requirements are the ability to make a contribution to teaching at graduate level and in higher degree supervision and demonstrated successful experience in an academic leadership role. Success in attracting external research funding is an important attribute and it would be advantageous to have experience in iwi freshwater management.

This is a fixed term appointment for five years based on external funding.

Closing Date: 19 July 2019 (NZ time) Vacancy number: 390252

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