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Kaiwhakahaere Taiao – Natural Resources Manager


Significant experience working in a natural resource management leadership position, and skilled in the development and implementation of strategic projects.

  • Unique mix of strategy and operations.
  • Sound knowledge of the Resource Management Act (RMA).
  • Knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we 

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board was established to administer assets for the benefit of both the present and the future generations of Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Trust is committed to maintaining and enhancing the health and wellbeing of Taupō Waters, and enabling Ngāti Tūwharetoa to achieve social, cultural, environmental and economic goals and aspirations. To ensure that this occurs, it requires the effective and prudent management of the Trust Board’s core assets.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position                        

The key intent for the Natural Resources and Policy Manager is to develop a comprehensive natural resource management strategy which is focused on ensuring the Trust meets its fiduciary duty and legal obligations, in relation as it pertains to Taupo Waters and the Upper Waikato River. Tasked with the development and people leadership of an established and high-performing natural resources team, you will manage the people and the projects embedded within the plan, ensuring that the environmental interests of the Trust are safeguarded, protected and advanced. Developing and implementing a traceable workplan, and reporting on progress against plan, you will provide daily oversight and direction to your team around objectives, projects and programmes of work, proactively managing workflow to ensure productivity and goal expectations are met.  This role will also require the development and execution of a wide range of environmental projects that are focussed on improving the state of Taupō Waters.

As part of the Senior Leadership team you will support and develop a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, keeping across best practice internationally, and on a personal level you are able to identify with and model the Trusts’ organisational values:

Kaupapa                                                                       Tikanga 
Mahi Rangatira ki te Iwi                                              Mahi Tika, Mahi Pono

Developing proactive relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders, you will represent the Trust Board’s interests in environmental regulatory and policy making settings at all levels as well as ensuring obligations at a local, regional and national level are protected and enhanced. Supporting marae and hapū on any specific environmental issues impacting on their respective areas you will have a broad internal and external stakeholder group, ranging from Tūwharetoa whānau, hapū and iwi to district and regional councils and authorities.

Critical to success is the skill and experience which enables you to provide high-quality technical advice on resource management matters and working in a manner which embeds Tūwharetoa tikanga into every practice. Working confidently and credibly with the CEO, Chair and Board members to demonstrate best practice, you will set about establishing a high trust relationship through expert contribution and high-quality advice.

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

Significant experience working in a natural resource management role is prerequisite to application, as is the demonstrated experience managing a team.  An undergraduate degree in natural resource management is a minimum requirement due to the seniority and breadth of this position.

Expertise, knowledge and skills required include: 

  • Prior experience working in a natural resource management leadership position.
  • The demonstration of development and implementation of environmental strategies and policies.
  • Knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, supported by evidence working within Te Ao Māori (Māori World view).
  • Sound knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991.
  • Proven experience leading the development and implementation of strategic projects.
  • First class communication and analytical skills.
  • Excellent facilitation skills and the capability to bring people together, the ability to influence, persuade and inspire others to achieve desired results
  • Reliable and able to work independently.
  • Strong relationship management and networking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enjoy contributing to a positive and productive team environment.
  • A current and full NZ driver’s license

Links to Ngāti Tūwharetoa are desirable to application, but we will tautoko anyone seeking to make a real difference for Māori and relocate to enjoy the beautiful vista and whānau friendly, relaxed way of life we experience in the Central North Island.

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: Monday the 5th of July at 5.00pm.