ME HE WAI - Employment Opportunities

Me He Wai is a Mana o Te Wai funded project engaging with hapū, marae, wider whānau and individual landowners, to plan and implement projects for improvement of freshwater, with two main objectives: 

1. Support tangata whenua to build their capacity and capability in and make decisions for freshwater management.
2. Improve the health of freshwater bodies of importance to tangata whenua and create nature-based employment opportunities.

The project will be implemented between 2022 and 2025, brought to life across the rohe of Te Rarawa. 

There are 2 opportunities for employment.

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager who will work within the Rūnanga team and lead the hapū based kaimahi for delivery.  Your focus will be on establishing the operational side of Me He Wai, including establishing training, workstreams and ongoing support to build a highly skilled, motivated Kaimahi Teina team.

This role is focused around each marae having support to: 
• Contribute to a data collection framework that they can use to monitor taiao health in their own rohe,
• Plan and implement a freshwater restoration project. 
• Have wananga to build knowledge and understanding of freshwater and the wider ecosystem. 

Land Use Advisor

You will then:  
• Support Individuals to write their Integrated Land Management Plans
• Work alongside your team to source funding for individual landowners
• Plan and organise the projects into the wider Me He Wai workstream as required 
• Identify potential economic opportunities for individual landowners 
The National Policy Statement for Freshwater, Te Mana o Te Wai and the resulting Regional Freshwater Plan will provide the standards individual landowners are required to meet. 

A fantastic opportunity to support deepening the relationship landowners have with their land, building capacity and capability for environmental decision making, management, monitoring, restoration, managing the effects on freshwater, and identifying opportunities. 

Both positions require you to have extensive experience in the environmental field and an understanding of the gap between Te Ao Māori, western science, and legislation. 

Applicants will be able to hit the ground running. You will demonstrate awareness of tikanga Māori, strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to build constructive relationships with colleagues and project partners.

Interviews will take place the first week of August. Roles to commence October 2022.  

For an application pack please contact: The Office of Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa: 09 4080141 or 0800 836 7260  , or request by email to

Please submit your application to

Document links below:

Operations Manager Job Description 

Land Use Advisor Job Description

Me He Wai Application Pack

Applications due by 5.00pm Friday, 5th of August 2022.