Busy, varied and rewarding role.

The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (The Board) was established in 1988, as the recognised Iwi Authority for Ngāti Maniapoto and corporate trustee of the Maniapoto Fisheries Trust. Ngati Maniapoto consists of 35,353 (Census, 2013) tribal members, numerous hapū, marae and papakainga.


Whanake Taiao is the Board’s environmental team. A key focus for Whanake Taiao is working across the Maniapoto rohe to support mana whenua in their kaitiaki roles and responsibilities, and implementation of the co-governance and co-management arrangements for the Upper Waipā River catchment in accordance with Ngā Wai o Maniapoto (Waipā River) Act 2012 (Waipā River Act).


The Manager Taiao:

  • Will be responsible for the effective management of all aspects of the Taiao team and implementation of the Taiao workplan.
  • Lead the team and be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high standard of comprehensive environmentally based policies and strategies for all MMTB environmental frameworks.
  • Lead and contribute to the operational delivery of a wide variety of environmental projects and initiatives, in accordance with the interests of Maniapoto and consistent with the Waipā River Act.


Key attributes sought to be successful in this role:

  • Significant evidence (preferably at least 10 years) of team leadership and staff management of a highly technical team.
  • Comprehensive understanding of Resource Management and related sectors, legal and/or analytical experience.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Co-Management Framework and the Deed of Settlement for Maniapoto.
  • Advanced understanding of environmental management legislation (Deed, Act, RMA, HPC, HSNO, LGA, Conservation & Fishing regulations etc).
  • Experience in contract management: including complex contractual negotiations, amendments to contractual documents and monitoring of performance against obligations.
  • Experience working with Crown Entities and Local Government.
  • Experience in leading a project from inception to implementation.
  • Proven experience in strategic and business planning.
  • Experience working in Iwi/Maori organisations.
  • Financial literacy and experience in overseeing a budget, cash flow management and reporting on variances and exceptions.
  • Experience working as an effective and participatory team player.
  • Ability to effectively work with whānau, hapū, iwi and internal/external stakeholders in an efficient yet culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.

Please direct confidential enquiries to Helen Turner – helen@maniapoto.co.nz.

To apply, please email your current CV and cover letter to Helen Turner HR Officer at helen@maniapoto.co.nz by 5pm 24 February 2021.