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Policy Analyst / Policy Planner

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Permanent Full-Time (negotiable) | Dunedin, Otago

Competitive Remuneration and Staff Benefits

Are you passionate about environmental protection and influencing positive change in te taiao? Do you have the technical and communication skills to effectively shape environmental policy in Otago? Would you enjoy working with a passionate, supportive team that provides planning and policy advice to Kāi Tahu papatipu rūnaka in Otago in order to action their roles as kaitiaki whenua in their takiwā?

Aukaha (1997) Ltd is a kaupapa Māori consultancy based in Otago that works for manawhenua in the areas of environmental, health, social services, and cultural and economic development. 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

We are expanding our policy planning team to deliver projects related to climate change and partnerships with local and regional authorities, and the drafting of cultural reports for policy, consents, and regulatory purposes. We are seeking experienced candidates to join our small but growing resource management team. You will contribute to a broad programme of work across multiple territorial authorities, and work with stakeholders in the education and research sector to deliver programmes that support mana whenua to prepare and manage the impacts of climate change. If you have a passion for helping mana whenua achieve their aspirations, and you’re seeking a dynamic, kaupapa Māori, whānau oriented work environment, talk to us about this role today. Applications are being screened as they come in, so don’t delay!

To be successful in this role, you will: 

  • Hold a tertiary qualification in Planning, Law, Ecology, Indigenous or Māori Studies, or a related field
  • Possess a minimum of three years experience working in a field related to resource management, policy analysis, the law, indigenous or Māori development, or similar.
  • Have experience dealing with a range of stakeholders, e.g., iwi, communities, corporates, government agencies
  • Have proven experience interpreting legislation, and knowledge of public policy
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Have an ability to take on a wide-ranging work portfolio
  • Have an understanding of Kāi Tahu cultural values, or drive to learn and embrace these values
  • Be a self starter with initiative and drive

Applications closes 30 June 2022.

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