Māori Cultural Advisor - Auckland or Christchurch

Te Whenua Tāroa - Farmlands Co-operative

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? - Are you ready to make a difference?

  • Auckland or Christchurch
  • Mātauranga Māori

Te Whenua Tāroa - Farmlands Co-operative is Aotearoa New Zealand's largest rural supplies and services co-operative. One of the nation's largest businesses, we provide technical advice and solutions across almost every aspect of the primary sector. We have a strong core retail business with over 80 stores in our network. We also have a well-established shareholder card network (with over 75,000 shareholders and over 7,000 card partner locations), with operations dealing with feed production, nutrition, e-commerce, fuel, distribution, agronomy, and a wide variety of other areas.

The effective involvement of whānau, hapū, iwi and other Māori agriculture-based communities is important in the future of Te Whenua Tāroa - Farmlands Cooperative. We are therefore currently undertaking a Te Ao Māori programme as we help the organisation and our shareholders engage effectively with Māori.

Mō tēnei tūranga - About this role
As the Māori Cultural Advisor you'll help develop and drive our Te Ao Māori programme by: 

  • Increasing the relevance and involvement of Māori in our Cooperative 
  • Growing kaupapa Māori ability to develop Mātauranga Māori
  • Creating new opportunities through the meeting of Mātauranga Māori and agricultural knowledge 

You'll be responsible for providing cultural oversight, strategic alignment, and reporting to ensure the effective delivery of the programmes completed within our Te Ao Māori programme. 
You'll also assist the Chief Innovation and Digital Officer to establish and implement our cultural programme as well as being the integral to the communication and further roll-out of all cultural content across our Cooperative. This program will include educational aspects of basic te reo Māori, tikanga, an overview of Māori agriculture and Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi.
Māori-led initiatives, co-designed programmes and partnerships with relevant Māori entities are the way we intend to work.  To successfully complete this, you'll need a thorough understanding of how to engage with these communities, including knowledge of procedures and protocols related to kaupapa and tikanga Māori. An awareness of the working relationship of iwi, hapū, Māori agri-businesses and relevant government agencies would be advantageous. 

Ngā painga | The benefits

Aside from the great team, meaningful work and inclusive culture, you'll receive a competitive remuneration package, with the added benefit of health, life and income protection insurance. We have offices in Christchurch and Auckland, and offer a flexible working environment.

We also offer:

  • Free annual health checks & flu shots
  • Staff discounts at Farmlands Retail Stores
  • Mobile phone and laptop
  • An exclusive Farmlands shareholding offer with access to a vast array of discounts 

Mōhou ake - About you

  • Previous experience in a project management role 
  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills 
  • Experience working with kaupapa Māori, tikanga and Mātauranga Māori 
  • Knowledge of te reo Māori is desirable 
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Experienced in Microsoft applications in particular Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams  
  • A passion to build and grow your own skills and knowledge 
  • Team player with a dedication to supporting your team 
  • An interest in the mahi we do

Te Tono | How to apply

Just apply here with your CV and cover letter and we'll do the rest. We'd love to hear from you and know you'll most definitely grow your career – and us - at Farmlands.

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