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Current Vacancies.

Transformation – Education, Employment and Enterprise Partner - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia

The Role.

This purpose of the position is to create foundational processes to assist the team in enhancing the building of relationships with schools, educators, businesses and key stakeholders. This role will have a strong focus on the educational space and will reinforce the educational and employment wellbeing of whānau.

This role requires understanding the targets & KPI’s of your team to support & develop the core manuals and documentation to enable smooth processing that will benefit the team’s operational ability to ensure there is clear & strong correspondence. That indicated will complement the building of partnerships with Educational Institutions, new employment opportunities, drive employment projects, to drive overall success for the hapū

This role is diverse therefore requires a very well-organized person with strong interpersonal skills and to communicate with your Transformation team, Whai Maia, The Trust and Whai Rawa to increase opportunities and thereby maximize social, cultural and commercial returns for whānau.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Excellent interpersonal abilities.
  • Proficient administrational skills.
  • A strategic thinker.
  • Three plus years’ experience in a relevant role.
  • Proven ability to leverage networks to create opportunities
  • Values fit with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
  • Strength in ngā tikanga me te Reo Māori.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification

Click here for the Job Description. If you would like to apply or have any questions please contact leanne@nwo.iwi.nz or on 021 628 537. 

Applications close Friday 16 October 2020.

Legal Counsel - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

About us:

At Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust you’re not just an employee, you’re part of something bigger – we’re the kaitiaki of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei assets which we manage to ensure the cultural, commercial, and social development of our people. We lead from the front through good governance, transparent decision-making, and working collaboratively with our marae and subsidiaries Whai Maia and Whai Rawa, on behalf of our people.

Our opportunity:

An exciting greenfield opportunity to join the General Counsel in establishing an in-house legal function in an innovative iwi organisation doing great things for its people and for Tāmaki Makaurau. You will be part of a high performing cross functional team based in central Auckland.

Your key accountabilities:

  • The organisation – contributing to the delivery of our strategic priorities and plans and achievement of our vision for our people – kia rere te kāhu pōkere ki ngā taumata tiketike (to soar and fly to the highest heights)
  • The team – contributing to our team performance and culture
  • The legal function – contributing to the set-up of our legal and compliance function and associated systems and processes
  • Trusted partner – understanding our ambitions and drivers for our organisation and our people and providing top notch right sized, risk based legal and governance advice
  • Stakeholders – establishing effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including whānau
  • External legal resource – managing our external lawyer relationships to deliver value
  • Lifting capability – delivering training and insights across the organisation

This is a permanent full-time role based in central Auckland. However, we are open to flexibility across both location and hours of work.

What we’re looking for:

Qualifications and experience:

  • LLB or equivalent
  • Current New Zealand practising certificate
  • Between 3 – 7 years’ post-admission experience in private practice and/or in-house
  • You are either a general practitioner or a specialist keen to develop broader expertise across a range of practice areas (with support)
  • Experience in innovation in delivery of the legal function, and systems and process improvement would be an advantage

Skills and competencies:

  • Outcome-focused, has the ability to blend legal knowledge with commercial savvy to achieve pragmatic solutions
  • Strategic and innovative thinking, develops understanding of our priorities and drivers to innovatively deliver what really matters
  • Relationship builder, develops strong productive relationships at all levels to collaboratively deliver outcomes
  • Influencer, collaborates with stakeholders to gain support and commitment to continuous improvement and lasting change
  • Strong emotional intelligence and empathy, and good communication skills – at ease with translating legal expertise for people from all walks of life
  • An understanding of te ao Māori and fluency in te reo Māori would be an advantage, but not essential (a willingness to learn is essential)

At Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust you will join a high performing cross functional team and will work closely with our General Counsel to provide advice and support on all legal, compliance, and governance matters for the Trust. In exchange for your high energy and empathy, we can offer you a fun, supportive team environment and a competitive package. We value connection and a willingness to learn as we work to build our legal and compliance function to help achieve our aspirations for our people and organisation.

How do I apply?  We’d love to hear from you.  Please submit your resume and cover letter through Seek or click here

For more information about the role and team please contact Natasha Strong, the Trust’s General Counsel, on: natashas@nwo.iwi.nz

Property Project Coordinator - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Rawa

We have an opportunity for a graduate to join our team in the newly created role of Property Project Coordinator. Working closely with our Development team you will assist in all aspects of the development process and gain valuable knowledge and exposure to development projects.

It is important that the successful applicant is a self-starter who is highly motivated, well organised, and committed to high work standards. You will also have the ability to build strong relationships, both internally and externally.

Key responsibilities:

  • Gain working knowledge of the practical issues of property development and the relevant laws and regulations that impact on property development and construction
  • Assist in the preparation of feasibility studies and business cases to support acquisition opportunities
  • Contribute to the development of our information management system
  • Assist in resourcing and leading project teams
  • Ensure that our risk management system is applied across projects, including health and safety protocols
  • Develop an understanding of development contractual arrangements
  • Attend project meetings including design, coordination, operational and marketing meetings
  • Assist in managing the flow of paperwork

Key requirements:

  • Share our mātāpono
  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • An interest in numbers and financials
  • A strong team player
  • Proactive and motivated with a can-do attitude
  • A willingness to learn new skills and be flexible and adaptive

We are seeking a person with an aspiration to build their career in property development. We will provide you with the opportunity to work on diverse and challenging projects and grow your career within a supportive team environment. This is a full time, permanent role, which is available immediately.

If you are interested please email your CV and cover letter to wrl@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com.

Property Coordinator role that applications close Friday 18 September, 12pm.



Check out the External Mahi Opportunities below. Whānau members can directly apply or alternately we can support you and guide you through the application process. Contact Jamie Cook if you are interested – jamiec@nwo.iwi.nz


External Opportunities.

Community Services and Development Opportunities


Lead a team to make a meaningful difference for Māori in sport and recreation. Click here for the full Position Description. To apply send your cover letter and CV to apply@amytea.co.nz by Friday 28th August.

YOUR STRENGTHS.  Good leadership, management & communication skills. Interest in sport/ physical activity or health.

He pānui: Aotearoa is at Alert Level 2, with extra restrictions in Tāmaki Makaurau.