Independent Facilitator – Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui Trust Deed Review

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui (Ngā Tāngata Tiaki)

  • Manawatū-Whanganui

Job Description

  • Experienced consultant with a legal background or understanding of Trust law?
  • Newly created position facilitating iwi trust deed review.
  • Ability to adapt your engagement style across a broad range of audiences.
  • Competency in utilising a range of mediums to communicate recognising the limitations of Covid19.
  • Superb, high level report writing skills.
  • 12-month fixed term project.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?

Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui (Ngā Tāngata Tiaki) is the post-settlement governance entity for the purposes of the settlement of the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Whanganui Iwi relating to the Whanganui River. With the Act only coming into force in 2017, to date Ngā Tāngata Tiaki has largely been in an establishment and implementation stage in terms of both Te Pā Auroa and the full legal obligations of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki and its related entities.

The Trust Deed for Ngā Tāngata Tiaki now requires the iwi to commence a review of the terms and operation of the Trust Deed within five years of the settlement date that is by May 2022. However, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki wishes to commence this process well ahead of schedule allowing appropriate time for hapū to undertake a comprehensive review process. As such, the Trust Deed review process will provide the ideal opportunity to re-engage with people across the spectrum, to celebrate and increase awareness of the iwi journey toward achieving the Te Awa Tupua status and arrangements.

Furthermore, placing the role of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki within a larger, iwi-wide, strategic picture provides an opportunity for beneficiaries to participate in a review of the Trust’s ongoing purpose and function across a broader canvass.  The Whanganui Iwi landscape has been one of change, which has experienced rich developments as an iwi and has progressed along a continuum towards addressing long-standing grievances Crown.  To bring the next step of the journey to fruition, it has been agreed that an independent facilitator, experienced working with hapū and iwi, will be appointed to deliver a high-level outcomes document.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position

The newly created position of independent facilitator is proposed for a fixed term of 12-month. It is aimed at attracting those who have worked as a consultant or senior advisor, demonstrating high level writing and evaluation skills, and has past experience working with hapū and iwi. With an inherent understanding of how iwi work within tribal and general political landscapes.

It is the expectation to you will be well practiced facilitating iwi Trust deed reviews or reviews generally of a similar stature.  The position will see you accurately capturing the kōrero of beneficiaries and hapū in written form, providing a comprehensive written report with accordant recommendations.  Possessing a depth of understanding of iwi and general governance contexts, you will have the skill set and ability to adapt your engagement across a broad range of audiences.  Such agility will be required to help beneficiaries and hapū assess the Trust Deed with a focus on the present as well as longer term goals, translating those into workable recommendations for inclusion in a reinvigorated Trust Deed.

Building high trust and confidence relationships is the cornerstone of your ultimate success in this role, which will in turn support your quality, reach and validity of your findings.

Exemplary communication capability and experience working closely with people from diverse demographics and across socio-economic groups, will see you capably framing engagement in a manner that upholds Tupua Te Kawa, the innate values of Te Awa Tupua, and ultimately supports a comprehensive, authentic, and balanced report being delivered.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role

Applicants must have an inherent cultural competency, supported by their own personal mana and connectedness to Te Ao Māori in order to carry out the provisions of this appointment.

Skills, knowledge, and experience required for application include:

  • Past experience in a position which has seen you engaged with and relationship building across Iwi and Māori.
  • Knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Reo me ōna tikanga.
  • Experience working within Te Ao Māori – Māori World view.
  • The past experience in a similar position where you have delivered high level reports, featuring a sophisticated writing competency.
  • Significant project management or project lead experience.
  • Strong people skills and ability to build and develop sound relationships within a confined time period.
  • Superb verbal and written communication.
  • Microsoft Office savvy, experienced utilising such suites to author reports, reviews, and present evaluative material.
  • A robust and well-rounded business acumen, the capability to remain apolitical and unbiased in your appraisals.

It is imperative to understand that it is the view of the Trust that the independent facilitator is defined as a person who does not hold any current governance or operational roles within the Trust or any entity within the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group.  While hapū and iwi members are beneficiaries to the trust, they would qualify as being an independent facilitator, subject to them not holding an office within the Trust Group.  Applicants from uri are particularly welcomed.

It is highly advantageous to have a working understanding of Whanganui Iwi context, Whanganui kawa and tikanga, and a demonstrated capability to leverage experience to co-develop the framework for the review with the Trust and people.

Remuneration package is positioned to attract a high skill set of respondents.   The Trust is open to consider engagement arrangements that are most appropriate for the right candidate.

Te Tono – How to apply

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence 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 on:  Friday, 21 January 2022

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