Kaitohu Matua, Treaty Partner Relationships | Whanganui

Department of Conservation

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Manawatū-Whanganui

He aha to mea nui o te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata 

Are you a grounded individual who enjoys working with others? Is connecting and building relationships with others a space you thrive in? Are you passionate about Te Taiao?

Te Papa Atawhai is offering an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and skilled individual to be at the leading edge of iwi partnership and conservation leadership spread across the Whanganui region and Te Awa Tupua. This role will focus on working hand in hand with Treaty Partners both at Iwi and Hapu level to co- design, implement and deliver on exciting projects and kaupapa at place. 

You will play a strategic role in the wider team working alongside your peers to ensure delivery focused on our treaty partner is a priority and remains at the forefront. This will include Treaty settlement obligations as a result of treaty settlements. 

He angitūtanga: About the Role

Will be responsible for 

  • Identifying gaps in Treaty settlement implementation obligations across the Districts and work with the Operations team to plan for, and remedy the gaps;
  • Scope work arising from new Treaty settlements, and work with the management team to operationalise conservation and commercial opportunities for Iwi;
  • Coordinate legal input to interpret settlement documents and ensure the implementation plan fulfils the intent of the Settlement.
  • Facilitate coordination of annual business planning meetings with Treaty partners;
  • Support coordination of regular meetings with Treaty partners to develop, review and amend implementation of relevant agreements, charters and protocols;
  • Scope, plan, manage and deliver specific agreed initiatives;
  • Support relevant managers, Director, and other staff with the strategic collaboration meetings with our Treaty partners;
  • Support opportunities for whānau, hapū and iwi to build their internal capabilities to practice their responsibilities as kaitiaki;
  • Support the Operational Leadership Team to develop a regional framework to identify and implement DOC's obligations to Post Settlement Governance Entities (PSGEs);
  • Keep up to date with the iwi landscape in Whanganui and ensure this information is shared with Operations
  • Co-design opportunities in partnership with Iwi and Hapu 

Ngā He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

The ideal applicant will have 

  • Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori.
  • Sound statutory knowledge of Treaty settlement processes and specific settlements in the area.
  • Open minded approach with the desire to create opportunities through an evolving space 
  • Ability to navigate and balance differing perspective
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills across a diverse range of people and organisations;
  • Technical writing skills and ability to create clear, well written content for complex information.
  • Knowledge of Whanganui Iwi history, traditions, and customary practices.
  • Be able to see the big picture and to have enthusiasm to find workable practical solutions.
  • Current full driving license.

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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

The chance to join a large organisation that's still growing. DOC has been undergoing a steady period of growth, we highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

We also offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Tahinganui Hina, thina@doc.govt.nz, quoting vacancy 400/32010.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 18 January 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


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