2x Positions: T’chieki (Guardian) Marae and T’chieki (Guardian) Property, Chatham Islands


  • Permanent


Time to return home to the Chathams (Rēkohu) or maybe it’s now time relocate to a safe haven. Live and work 850 kms east of mainland amongst beautiful land and seascapes – amazing hunting, fishing, and unique lifestyle opportunities.  Or maybe you are already on the Island and looking for a change?

  • 2 positions available.
  • Suited to either a couple to individual’s who possesses relevant skills and experience.
  • Highly attractive packages including relocation and travel allowances.

Hokotehi Moriori Trust (HMT) is a tribal trust based on Rēkohu – Chatham Islands. Representing the indigenous Moriori people, the Trust is setting the strategic direction of the organisation, and revitalising Moriori culture and identity via the re-education of present and future generations about Moriori culture and history.

HMT has a strong asset base; owning sheep and cattle farms, a tourism lodge facility, several properties; fishing assets and a stunning Marae complex. Restoration of the heritage, identity, and culture of Moriori whilst building the cultural capacity of its people is the fundamental kaupapa of the organisation.

There are 2 positions available, one centric to Kōpinga Marae and overall operations, its management upkeep and administration; and the second role is responsible for HMT property, machinery, and vehicle maintenance.

The T’chieki (Guardian) Marae position is integral to the ongoing preservation of Moriori customs and culture. Kōpinga has become the powerhouse for the inspiration, revival and future growth and development of Moriori and is an important facility for the whole island to enjoy.  As such, we are looking for a candidate with experience to work onsite and ensure the property is well-maintained in a safe, clean, and tidy manner and is ready to meet its obligations as a Civil Defence Emergency Centre, at all times.

The positions key role is to ensure our maurahiri (guests) are well cared for, whilst also managing marae bookings, transport and accommodation as well as organising catering and cleaning. Hosting tour groups is  a key component including hokomaurahiri and kawa support using rongo and karakī and in telling the ‘Moriori story’.

Assisting with newsletters,Daily office duties – taking calls, clearing mail, collecting freight as well as banking, and maintaining files will all require computer literacy and confidence in your abilities.

The second position, T’chieki (Guardian) Property, involves a property management service to ensure safe and effective maintenance and development of HMT property including buildings, grounds, vehicles, plant, and machinery.  The T’chieki will proactively plan and undertake a regular cycle of checks of buildings and grounds to enable maintenance to be planned and budgeted for as well as coordinating contractors for urgent work to maintain smooth and efficient operations.

Developing a maintenance, acquisition, and disposal plan for the fleet, the position is responsible for overall vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Accountable for the maintenance register of plant and machinery by site, you will oversee diggers, LUVs, quads, tractors, and all associated machinery, and be responsible for the upkeep of standard operating procedures.

Both positions will be attractive to a couple or individuals who have established life skills, are suited living and working in a remote community and who are highly resourceful. With 650 residents living on the island you will be both practical and capable to work often times solely, and find enjoyment being part of a small and close-knit community.

A high cultural competency is important as is the personal ambition to make a real difference from a grass roots level.  You may have worked, in building, maintenance, hospitality, tourism or a trade, and now be looking for a complete lifestyle change.  The ideal applicants will have hokopapa ties to the area, though this is not essential.  Essential is the willingness to learn, embrace the local culture, and role model your behaviours through your actions.

To express an interest on a strictly confidential basis please email your cover letter and current CV through to Heather Walker at MANA Recruitment at heather@manarecruitment.co.nz or if you have questions regarding the position, please call on (09) 632 1108.

Applications close on Monday 29th March 2021 at 5pm.


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