Waikato-Tainui Careers

Join a vibrant and committed team of iwi professionals at Waikato-Tainui

Waikato-Tainui is guided by our overarching mission of growing a prosperous, healthy, vibrant, innovative and culturally strong iwi that enables mana motuhake (self-sufficiency). We are a leading tribal organisation representing 68 marae and over 77,000 tribal members. We have a responsibility to protect and uphold our Crown settlements for the benefit of current and future generations. We do this in a range of ways which you can learn more about here

Building the capacity of our people and growing the prosperity of our whaanau remains the driving force behind our efforts as an organisation. We are equally committed to ensuring that our kaimahi (workforce) are also developed, trained, and well positioned to serve our purpose.

Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai To grow, prosper and sustain.

Current vacancies being advertised.

Mokopuna Ora - Pou Tiaki aa-Iwi

Contractor, 12-month fixed-term, Full-time

  • Do you have experience in front-line advocacy and support for whaanau in crisis?
  • Do you have an understanding of Waikato iwi tribal history, tikanga and structures?
  • Do you have experience in family violence, family harm (how to recognise it, what to do) and child protection?
  • Do you have strong facilitation, communication and listening skills?
  • Then we have the perfect role for you!

Ko wai maatou | About us

A Waikato-Tainui roopu named Te Kohikohingaa oo Kirihaehae which comprised of tribally appointed representatives, originally led out Mokopuna Ora.  What followed was the formalisation of a relationship in October 2013 with Oranga Tamariki (then named Child Youth and Family) through a Memorandum of Understanding and then in April 2019 a strategic partnership between Waikato-Tainui and Oranga Tamariki was formed.  From the onset, the relationship with Oranga Tamariki has been driven by the Tribe’s belief that a collaborative approach is best placed to deliver positive outcomes for mokopuna and whaanau, to address the high number of Waikato iwi Maaori mokopuna in care.

Mokopuna Ora is a kaupapa Maaori strengths-based and whaanau-led model of care. Supporting whaanau and mokopuna to navigate the complex care and protection system within Aotearoa and reducing the number of iwi Maaori mokopuna entering the care system. By empowering whaanau to take the necessary steps needed, they can then provide a safe and loving home for their mokopuna.

Moo te tuunga | About the role

Due to the ongoing success of the Mokopuna Ora programme we are increasing the level of support based in Kirikiriroa and Ngaaruawaahia and are expanding our tight knit team with further Pou Tiaki aa-iwi roles.  As an independent iwi-led specialised advocate you will help navigate the Care, Protection, and Wellbeing space for whaanau who have come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki. The role offers more transparency for whaanau; to whakamana them; to open up the lines of communication; and to connect them to the right support services, to enable the creation of safe pathways for their tamariki/mokopuna.

The focus of the Pou Tiaki aa-Iwi is on achieving the best outcomes for mokopuna and whaanau by preventing mokopuna from going into the care of Oranga Tamariki, and the return of mokopuna to their whaanau who are in non-whakapapa care. In situations where mokopuna are unable to be cared for by their whaanau, hapuu, or iwi, the Pou Tiaki aa Iwi support to maintain the mokopuna knowledge and connections to his/her whakapapa and cultural identity.  The role provides a key conduit and support system for whaanau in the various touch points they may experience when engaging the care system.

It is an exciting time to be in this pivotal role and we are looking for experienced kaimahi within the sector, with established connections to local iwi and Waikato based social service providers and agencies to join this supportive team. 

Ngaa puumanawatanga oou | What you will bring

Ideally you will possess a relevant tertiary qualification in health or social sciences, coupled with at least five years’ experience working with whanau in crisis.

Key requirements of the role include:

  • Basic level education in family violence; family harm (how to recognise it, what to do) and child protection
  • Be highly confident and proficient in facilitation, presentation and proficient active listening skills
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral)
  • General understanding of te ao Maaori in practice and the ability to provide examples of Maaori-based value systems in practice (i.e., aroha, manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga)
  • A full, valid and clean New Zealand drivers’ licence

Noou te rourou | What’s in it for you

In return you will work for iwi, committed to Kiingitanga, embracing ngaa tikanga of the tribe and contributing to initiatives directed to improving tribal health and wellbeing outcomes to enable mana motuhake. You get to work for a supportive team and tight knit organisation that values its people and is driven by a central purpose. You will be an integral person who helps our whaanau and mokopuna in care.

This is an independent contractor role, 12-month fixed-term, full-time (37.5 hours per week) position with the potential for extended longer term.  Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, be fully vaccinated, and undertake police vetting and Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection, Youth Justice Residence Adoptions Services and Support (CYRAS) system checks.

Me peehea te tuku tono | How to Apply

To apply for this role, you can submit your CV and Cover Letter.

This advert will remain open until we find the right people for the role.

To request more information or for any paatai regarding the role, contact Ruchele Bennett (Mokopuna Ora, Operations Manager) on 0292006118 or email [email protected]

Settlement Protection & Claims Advisor

Permanent, Full-time

We are looking for a dynamic individual who has an analytical mind, yet pragmatic in their approach, who has the ability to adapt to change quickly, but also applies due diligence in the work they deliver.  This is an exciting opportunity for a graduate or someone with some base experience to join our Rights & Interests Team as an Advisor.

Waikato-Tainui has a rich history and purpose, representing the collective assets of the iwi and ensuring that the rights and interests of our Treaty settlements are upheld and realised for future generations.  We are an organisation with values at its core and a role with an opportunity to make a real difference to the progression and settlement of Treaty issues for our iwi.

Te Arotahi Matua – Focus of Role:

The successful Advisor will work in the Settlement Protection and Claims team to ensure that the Waikato Treaty settlements (Raupatu and River settlements) as well as the broad rights and interests of the iwi are protected, upheld and enhanced.  Another key focus of the role is to advance the outstanding Treaty claims to settlement through negotiations with the Crown. 

Ngaa Tohu Maatauranga – Skills & Qualifications:

  • A commitment to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi;
  • An understanding of the Waikato Tainui Treaty settlements and outstanding claims;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills particularly in respect of analysing legislation and policy;
  • Great communication skills;
  • General knowledge and understanding of key social change, environmental resource management legislation and policy processes, including the Resource Management Act (RMA), Local Government Act, Conservation Act and its application;
  • A commitment to te ao Maaori and Waikato Tainui tikanga. Proficiency or developing proficiency in te reo Maaori is also a desirable attribute.


  • A relevant tertiary qualification: LawSocial Science, Public Policy, Environment, Communications or similar.

If you’re interested apply online with your cv and a cover letter or for further information give Louise McLean at Sagely a call on 027 247 9393. 

Please note that CVs should be in MS-Word format where possible.  Also, due to current border restrictions, you must already hold an NZ Passport or valid working visa to be considered for this role.

In line with our COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination in the Workplace Policy, all candidates are required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status as part of the application process.

The successful applicant must be and remain fully vaccinated and must advise Te Whakakitenga (Waikato-Tainui) as soon as possible of any changes to their vaccination status or be granted with a special exception to this policy.