Chief Executive

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa

  • Bay of Plenty

Chief Executive  

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  • Leadership role for a thriving iwi  
  • Whakatāne location 
  • Broad strategic and change mandate 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa (TRONA) is the governing body of Ngāti Awa, with well-established operating subsidiaries and an engaged thriving whānau.  With around 18 staff in the Rūnanga itself, and group assets of around $134m, we are well positioned for future growth and success. 

We are seeking a new Chief Executive to join us at an exciting time.  We are committed to growing our people, our assets and our reo and tikanga.  We are looking to refine our approach and are committed to continuous improvement – as such one of your first tasks will be to lead a group strategic governance review.  

As our Chief Executive, you will have a broad mandate across the Ngāti Awa Group.  Working actively with the Rūnanga as well as our subsidiary boards, staff, whānau, hapū and with a wide range of external stakeholders, this role will have the ability to drive success.   

Your role will be to ensure we take consistent action that aligns to our strategic plan and our values. You will identify and develop new opportunities to further strengthen each of our strategic pou, and to connect meaningfully to our whānau and hapū.  

You will be an experienced senior leader with broad general management skills.  An exceptional communicator, your cultural competence will be matched by your commercial and leadership acumen.  Experience delivering to a diverse customer base including hapū, iwi and Māori and a connection to Ngāti Awa would be highly advantageous, as would a track record as a Chief Executive in a relevant industry.   

For more information please contact Jo Bell or Amy Tea 

To apply please email your cover letter and CV to

Applications close Monday 7 February.  

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