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Senior Specialist Māori Heritage

Date: 15-Feb-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

•    Help guide Auckland Council’s positive steps toward culturally appropriate responses to the identification, 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
•    Be an integral part of a great team working to improve the understanding and acknowledgement of Māori Heritage in Tāmaki Makaurau


He kōrero e pa ana ki te Māori Cultural Heritage Programme:
Auckland Council and Mana Whenua have jointly established the Māori Cultural Heritage Programme (MCHP) in order to identify, map, manage and protect Auckland’s Māori heritage places. Auckland Council has an important role to play in the conservation of Māori heritage in meeting its legal and policy commitments, international obligations, and its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty). The MCHP is the programme responsible for scheduling Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua in the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP), administering the Māori Heritage Alert Layer and and providing specialist advice to Council.


While the MCHP specifically relates to improving the identification, management and protection of sites of significance to Mana Whenua, it is also expected that delivery of the Programme will assist in the following primary objectives:

(1) The tangible and intangible values of Mana Whenua cultural heritage are identified, protected and enhanced; (2) the relationship of Mana Whenua with their cultural heritage is provided for; (3) the association of Mana Whenua cultural, spiritual and historical values with local history and whakapapa is recognised, protected and enhanced; (4) the knowledge base of Mana Whenua cultural heritage in Auckland continues to be developed, primarily through partnerships between Mana Whenua and the Auckland Council, giving priority to areas where there is a higher level of threat to the loss or degradation of Mana Whenua cultural heritage; (5) Mana Whenua cultural heritage and related sensitive information and resource management approaches are recognised and provided for in resource management processes. (AUP B6.5.1)


He angitūtanga: The opportunity
The Senior Specialist assists with the development and implementation of the MCHP. You’ll provide detailed technical advice and expert opinion on Māori heritage matters and on matters that may impact that heritage. This will require you to provide and present evidence, and where necessary, defend Council’s position. The Senior Specialist will manage key partnerships with external stakeholders, Mana Whenua and the community to achieve a collaborative and integrated approach to the management of SPoS to Māori in the Auckland region. 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. You can view a copy of the position description here - https://bit.ly/3lk3qMy


He kōrero mōu: About you
To be able to provide high quality specialist advice, expertise and leadership on Māori Heritage matters, you must have solid experience in planning/resource management/heritage along with an understanding of tikanga Māori and experience in working within kaupapa Māori frameworks.


Working experience with iwi in the fields of Māori heritage and/or Māori planning, archaeology, or experience in the Treaty settlement space would be a good match for this position.


Along with this, you will have an outstanding track record of delivering collaborative results with strong report writing skills 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, Council and some central government agencies.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
Joining the Māori Heritage team provides an opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of Māori heritage in Tamaki Makaurau through an innovative kaupapa Māori approach.


Core values that drive the team are: 
•    Te Tiriti o Waitangi compliance.
•    Partnership with Mana Whenua. 
•    Supporting kaitiakitanga through participation.
•    Proactive protection of Māori cultural heritage.
•    Active enhancement of Māori cultural heritage.
•    Driven by matauranga and tikanga.
•    Outcome focused. 


The team has a strong focus on working under the values of kotahitanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, tika, pono and aroha which are upheld and demonstrated in the way we work together, acknowledging that no one piece is more important than another and that we each add to the harmony, success and achievement of the team. We support each other working across disciplines as required, doing things in the right way with honesty and integrity.


Cultural integrity, acknowledgement and protection of Matauranga Māori (traditional knowledge systems and intellectual property) are important principles upheld by the team.

Applications will close on Sunday, 14th March 2021
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.