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Pou Hononga: Māori & the Freshwater Environment (Te Kūwaha)

Pou Hononga: Māori & the Freshwater Environment (Te Kūwaha)

Pou Hononga: Māori & the Freshwater Environment (Te Kūwaha)


  • Based in Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Permanent, full-time

Piki mai kake mai rā ki te toi o Tāwhirimatea, o Taihoro Nukurangi e. Toro atu ki te rangi e tū ake nei, rere kau iho ki ngā kōngutuawa, puta atu ki te moana o Tangaroa-whakamau-tai. Mai i te moana, ki te rangi ko Taihoro Nukurangi e, Ko Taihoro Nukurangi e. 

NIWA is New Zealand's leading provider of natural resources and environmental research and applied science services, specialising in atmospheric, climate, freshwater and marine research, with more than 680 staff in 14 sites around New Zealand. Within NIWA we have Te Kūwaha, NIWA’s National Centre for Māori Environmental Research. You will be part of a team of dedicated Māori researchers with a vision to work in partnership with others to enable complementary knowledge systems to support kaitiakitanga and provide environmental research excellence that enhances the social, environmental and economic aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi, Māori communities and Māori businesses.

We are seeking a passionate and experienced freshwater research leader to drive the strategic development and advancement of Māori Freshwater Research at NIWA. As a senior member of Te Kūwaha (NIWA National Centre for Māori Environmental Research) you will work closely with NIWA’s Freshwater & Estuaries Science Platform strategy and management team to develop and coordinate the implementation of Māori research strategies, growing a multidisciplinary portfolio of Māori research projects and initiatives that facilitates the weaving together of mātauranga Māori and science for the benefit of whānau, iwi, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and enterprises.

We are seeking a big-picture thinker who can influence the science system but is equally comfortable engaging with Māori communities and other key stakeholders to deliver science impact at a grassroots level. Demonstrated experience working at the interface between science and Te Ao Māori to meet the research priorities and aspirations of whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and enterprises is a must. Relevant tertiary qualifications (MSc or PhD) and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of tikanga and Te Reo Māori are highly desirable.

If you are looking for your next challenge to take your career to another level, please apply.

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