Researcher/ Writer (Digital Content) - Whakapapa

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Canterbury

Permanent, Full Time
Ōtautahi/Christchurch (open to discussing remote working from elsewhere in Aotearoa)

Tēnei te reo karanga o Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu!

We're looking for an enthusiastic Researcher/Writer to join our Whakapapa team in this newly created role to support the digitalisation of Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu.

The primary roles of Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu are to ensure the mana and integrity of the Tribal Register and the Registration processes are maintained, and whānau understanding and value of whānau, hapū and iwi whakapapa is enhanced and readily accessible. The unit now seeks to enhance Ngāi Tahu whānau awareness and value of their whakapapa through the creation of a secure on-line Whakapapa Research Portal/Web Site. Over time, this will become a major source of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa, biographies, and histories for whānau to peruse universally at their leisure in a safe and secure manner.

This position will research and compile content for key projects such as the launch of the Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu website and World War One website as well as lead the promotion of Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu through identified channels and platforms to communicate with Ngāi Tahu whānau. As a researcher you will be expected to obtain relevant data and information with Whakapapa Ngāi Tahu methodologies and sources, inclusive of kanohi-ki-te-kanohi engagement with whānau.

A key aspect of this position will support our role in upholding the validity and accessibility of whakapapa stories of the past in a new digital world.

We are looking for a skilled writer and digital-savvy individual with:

  • 2 years' experience in a writing/editing position
  • Proven experience working with digital content and/or in a website development environment
  • Excellent written, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to the work of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • A passion to work and engage with Papatipu Rūnanga and Ngāi Tahu whānau

The successful applicant will have a strong affinity for the needs and aspirations of our ultimate stakeholders, Ngāi Tahu whānui. Alongside this, they will have an understanding of, or an eagerness to learn and engage with Ngāi Tahu values and te reo Māori. Ka tika!

Mō mātou - About us

The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is a dynamic organisation that exists to ensure that the benefits of the Settlement are enjoyed by Ngāi Tahu whānui now and for future generations "Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei" (for us and our children after us).

We pride ourselves on being a values-led organisation, investing in the professional and cultural development of our kaimahi (employees). You will have a unique opportunity to strengthen your understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga. We offer a supportive, dynamic and excellence driven workplace where we embrace diversity and inclusion. As a flexible employer we are happy to discuss options that may work for you and the business to support a work-life balance and the needs of your whānau.

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Want to know more? You can find the position description below, or for confidential enquiries please contact Anteisha O'Connell at  

With current border and quarantine restrictions in place, Te Rūnanga Group are unable to consider applications from candidates that do not currently have the right to live and work in New Zealand. To be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, you should be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a valid work visa. Please check the New Zealand Immigration website for the most up to date information. 

Apply now - nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai!


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