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Kaiwhakatere (Navigator) – Employment, Trades and Training

Kaiwhakatere (Navigator) – Employment, Trades and Training

Closing on: Jul 18, 2024

About Us

We are a kaupapa Māori, not-for-profit organisation based in Otago that works for mana whenua in the areas of environment, health, social services, and cultural and economic development. Our mission is to create pathways to a better future for Kāi Tahu, iwi Māori, and our wider communities. We ensure that mana whenua values are authentically integrated into the cultural, economic, social and environmental fabric of our shareholding takiwā. We are driven by the vision of Papatipu Rūnaka and hapū to achieve their aspirations and exercise their rakatirataka, facilitated through Aukaha’s advocacy and support.

We are owned and governed by five Kāi Tahu papatipu rūnaka:

  • Te Rūnanga o Waihao
  • Te Rūnanga o Moeraki
  • Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
  • Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou
  • Hokonui Rūnanga


About You

You are passionate about working with Māori and Pasifika communities to create quality and sustainable education and employment pathways. You have a background in community or mentoring and possess a natural ability to build strong relationships to foster positive and transformational impact. You are a self-starter, who demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement, and your written and verbal skills make you a great communicator. You have experience in report writing and the ability to plan effectively and work innovatively. As we are a kaupapa Māori organisation your knowledge or willingness to learn about tikaka, Te Reo Māori, and Kāi Tahutaka will be crucial in this role.

The Role – Kaiwhakatere (Navigator)

Please note this is a fixed-term position until 30 June 2025.

We are seeking a Kaiwhakatere (Navigator) to join our Employment, Trades and Training Team. This role will support and transition unemployed whānau residing in the Otago Region into sustainable quality employment through the co-ordination and facilitation of activities, services and opportunities to support the aspirations of whānau. The support provided through this role will empower whānau to be more self-managing, and build their confidence to achieve their independence and a thriving well-being.

Key Responsibilities

  • Sustainable Employment Pathways: Create quality and sustainable pathways for Māori and Pasifika communities.
  • Training: Oversee training and liaise with ITO and tertiary institutions to ensure that workers and apprentices complete and pass their courses.
  • Mentoring: Facilitate and mentor whānau to identify their strengths, aspirations, and draw on a range of approaches to support whānau in achieving self-management, empowerment, resilience, economic security, and confidence in participating in Te Ao Māori.
  • Pre-Employment Development: Develop a pre-employment training and assessment programme to support with a range of entry and progression levels to tailored training, skills and qualifications.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with sectors such as healthcare, education, retail, hospitality, construction and infrastructure to create quality and sustainable employment pathways.
  • Reporting: Maintain accurate records through the appropriate CRM and complete funder required reporting within the specified timeframes.
  • Cultural Competence: Knowledge or willingness to learn about Kāi Tahu whānau, tikaka, and Te Reo Māori.

Aukaha is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in committing to bicultural responsiveness, equal employment opportunities and workforce development. We offer a competitive salary and scope to develop your skills, generous leave entitlements (including a paid day off work on your Birthday!) and professional development opportunities to ensure your continued growth. With a flexible and autonomous working environment, we also provide staff benefits that ensure a good work-life balance.

If this opportunity aligns with your skills and passion, we invite you to apply and join our dedicated team. We are looking to fill these positions promptly and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, inviting shortlisted candidates for interviews. Don’t hesitate—apply now for this exciting role!

Applications close on Thursday 18 July at 11.59pm.

Job Description
Job Type: Fixed Term Full Time
Job Location: Otago

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