Pou Tikanga - Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand

The University of Auckland

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Pou Tikanga - Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand

Te Whiwhinga mahi - The opportunity

We are searching for a Pou Tikanga to join our team. In essence, you will be responsible for cultural leadership and building capacity and capability in the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te reo me ngā tikanga Māori within Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand, one of two new and recently funded Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE). Since Pūtahi Manawa CoRE is a newly established entity, the development and implementation of new processes and practices will be a large component of your role.

The successful applicant will be part of the Māori Leadership team. The role is based in Tāmaki Makaurau but connection and collaboration with CoRE members will requiretravel around the country as Pūtahi Manawa is a national network.

This is a fixed-term contract that is funded by CoRE and will run for 36 months initially.

We expect this role to start off as part-time at 0.4 FTE (15 hours a week). We are looking for someone who is happy to grow into the role and be open to more hours or other project work as they settle in.

The position description below provides more details on the core responsibilities which include the following:

  • Direct support to the co-directors and the executive leadership team with regard to Te Reo and tikanga Māori
  • Facilitate appropriate tikanga for events and activities that the CoRE leads or is involved with
  • Facilitate hui and/or events with Māori communities and provide cultural leadership on behalf of the CoRE in engaging externally (e.g. hui mate/meeting guidelines)
  • Facilitate activities to acknowledge significant Māori events.
  • Establish and facilitate appropriate tikanga that supports the intent and nature of the CoRE
  • Develop and implement a fit-for-purpose Te Tiriti o Waitangi, cultural safety and safety policy and training programme for CoRE members
  • Compile a resource library for CoRE members to access to build capacity and responsiveness
  • Participate in programmes of work including the development of Integrated Research Modules to ensure Te Tiriti o Waitangi is appropriately acknowledged and embedded

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Mō tō mātou rōpū - About the team

Our national network brings together individuals and groups across multiple sectors and communities to forge new ways of working together. Addressing equity will take a 'not business as usual' approach to shift the paradigm of what equity in heart health means and to lay the foundation for long-term meaningful and reciprocal research partnerships with Māori and Pacific communities.

Pūtahi Manawa presents an opportunity to develop novel research frameworks and methodologies based on Indigenous worldviews to find meaningful solutions to embed into practice. Our aim is to work in partnership to co-create and co-design meaningful ways of addressing heart health treatment and knowledge translation. By creating a research ecosystem where Māori and Pacific Peoples thrive and succeed we are building a diverse, representative workforce in cardiovascular research for now and future generations.

He kōrero mōu - About you

To be considered for this role, you will need a Tertiary qualification or similar in a relevant field and experience working in a Māori organisation, or western-centric health or education institution.

You will be providing advice and higher-level strategic guidance to our research team so it is essential that you are confident in oral and written communication in both Te Reo Māori and Pākeha. We are also looking for someone with an advanced working understanding of tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are seeking someone who is excited by this kaupapa and is looking to truly commit to addressing heart health inequity in Aotearoa. You will stand out if you can demonstrate your ability to interact with others on an academic and personal level with compassion and positivity. You will need to deeply understand what it means to work collaboratively and be open to acting as our champion in this area.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through the following:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Monday, 17 January 2022 to be considered.

Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Lisa Wong via lisa.wong@auckland.ac.nz for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

Covid-19 Vaccination

If you are considering applying for this role, please find out more about the University's vaccination policy here.

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