Senior Māori Heritage

Date: 07-Oct-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



  • Help guide Auckland Council’s positive steps toward appropriate responses to the recognition and long-term protection of Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Help us build best practice for best outcomes in this field of work for all stakeholders
  • Help develop a great team working to improve the understanding and acknowledgement of Māori Heritage in Tāmaki Makaurau


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


This is a 9-month Fixed Term Employment opportunity for a specific project, with the possibility of a further 12-month extension.


Auckland Council has responsibilities to recognise and protect the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, wāhi tapu and other taonga, as well as wider protection of historic heritage.  Council has a high performing team within the Heritage Unit, whose focus is to work with Mana Whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau in the identification and assessment of sites and places of significance and the cultural landscape context in which sites and places are located.


This position supports with the development and implementation of a programme of work to identify, asses, protect and manage sites and places of significance to Māori of Tāmaki Makaurau (SPoS).


He kōrero mōu: About you


We are seeking someone who has an outstanding track record of delivering collaborative results and has experience of working with/in Kaupapa Māori frameworks. You must be able to demonstrate an understanding of te ao Māori and tikanga Māori.


You'll have proven experience of working proficiently with computer technology and be comfortable in engaging with internal and external stakeholders as this role will see the team engaging and partnering with iwi in the region, landowners, Local Boards and Council. You will have excellent research and writing skills with the ability to deliver on time.


As a senior specialist you will have a relevant tertiary qualification with 7 years cumulative experience in a heritage, planning or related field. As a senior in the team, you will be required to provide a tuakana teina approach to coaching and support of colleagues within the Māori Heritage team.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Joining the Māori Heritage team provides an opportunity to contribute to Auckland's Māori heritage through an innovative kaupapa Māori approach. Cultural integrity, acknowledgement and protection of matauranga Maori (traditional knowledge and intellectual property) are important principles by which the Māori Heritage Team operate.


There are endless opportunities to develop your career across the Council group; we offer flexible working arrangements to suit your lifestyle –with the ability to work from home on some days or from one of our alternative office spaces across the region. Auckland Council are committed to your professional development and offer a wide range of training courses, lunchtime learnings and collaboration networks.


As a Council employee, you’ll gain access to a vast range of benefits and discounts, including discounted financial services and insurance, Auckland Art Gallery membership, entertainment and lifestyle discounts and more. You’ll be joining a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development. We are committed to diversity, and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual as well as collective contributions.


Applications will close on 22 October 2021.  The Position Description can be accessed here.


Please note the official title internally is Senior Specialist Māori Heritage.


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.