STEM Director – Te Whare Angitū

Ngā Kura a Iwi

  • Multiple Location Options

Lead a national team to deliver this ground-breaking, Māori educational leadership initiative.

  • Do you have a developed technical skill set with experience in STEM programme design and teaching?
  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga.
  • Work from home.

Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa Incorporated (NKAI) is a constituted body that represents and supports 36 tribal schools that affiliate to the organisation voluntarily.  Kura are geographically located across the North Island of New Zealand.  Established in 2007, Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa Inc. (NKAI) is a movement that has evolved due to the commitment and sacrifice of kaumātua, community leaders, whānau, kura, teachers and students. Work in conjunction with all Ngā Kura ā Iwi schools and their Iwi partners to join a team who lead this ground-breaking, Māori educational leadership initiative.

We are in search of a passionate individual to design and lead a NKAI – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy. The director would oversee a team of experienced experts in the priority areas of STEM and you will be working in collaboration with the Pou Kōkiri in a new innovative kaupapa to design an online platform to compliment the learning and development of uri in our schools. Leading, mentoring, and overseeing a team of experts whose primary focus is to develop online and wānanga programmes that specialise in STEM. The position works in conjunction with all Ngā Kura ā Iwi schools and their Iwi partners, and in collaboration with the Pou Kōkiri. The outcome will see an innovative kaupapa to design an online platform to compliment the learning and development of Uri in schools. The overarching driver is to develop and grow an online collaboration environment (NKAI Mahi Tahi Hub) that is user friendly and kaupapa Māori driven.

As your teams’ design, build, and implement an online collaborative learning environment, you will oversee operational benchmarks, be the senior point of escalation, and be highly attuned to the agreed functional outcomes and timelines.  Supporting the design and delivery of digital learning experience for members that is highly positive and enhances their digital fluency, you will be able to demonstrate a level of comfort translating technical requirements into lay terms. With the end goal of promoting users and whānau to have positive user experiences, will see you call on your past experience in managing project and programme outcomes.

All team members work from home in their respective regions and are supported by robust IT support.  The team functions on a trust model which is based on team members producing high quality outcomes in a timely way.  As part of the NKAI management team (Ngā Ringa Wera), you will be connected to the team via technology, and strong established infrastructure. Travel will also be built into your schedule as you regularly connect with other the members of the team based across Aotearoa. You will be supported with a high level of flexibility with regards to your time and how you manage your workload.

Skills, knowledge, experience, and competences required for application will include;

  • Experience in either Science or Technology or Engineering or Mathematics programme design and teaching.
  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga.
  • Demonstrated team management, leadership and mentoring capabilities.
  • Solid knowledge of NZQA protocols and practices for NCEA.
  • Expert knowledge of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) and NZC.
  • Understanding of iwi partnerships and kaupapa Māori education.
  • Proven ability to build relationships with key partners.
  • The past experience within project management and delivering to milestones.
  • Current date knowledge of year 1 – 13 New Zealand curriculum developments.
  • Understanding of education systems in New Zealand, and relevant education legislation.
  • Experience, incorporating project documentation, designing, and delivering programmes projects and initiatives.

A tertiary qualification with a significant component in Education or other relevant discipline is preferred, however, may be offset by considerable experience.

An appreciation for Māori Medium education, indigenous education, iwi education and mana motuhake for all Māori is highly advantageous. Working collaboratively and remotely to achieve project goals, you will self-manage your workload, and have a mindset attuned to flexible working.

This position is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in Māori Medium Education across Aotearoa. You will be part of a movement committed to Tukuihotanga (cultural autonomy), Mātauranga Mana Motuhake (intellectual independence) and Whai Oranga (holistic wellbeing). Remuneration is banded to attract a senior skill set of applicants.

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence call or email please contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to

Applications close: Monday 1st February 2021 at 5pm.


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