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Current Job Opportunities

We are always looking for great people to join our team. Here are our current opportunities.

Independent Director

Organisation Description

Aukaha has a long history in Otago

We started life as Kāi Tahu ki Otago Natural Resource Management Limited or KTKO in the late 1990s and changed our name in 2017 to better reflect the range and breadth of our services and expertise.

We are a rūnaka-owned charitable consultancy service, with governance from our five rūnaka owners – Te Rūnanga o Waihao, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, and Hokonui Rūnanga.

Aukaha works with local and central government, institutions, employers, clients, whānau, individuals and mana whenua, providing a range of services that will help achieve rūnaka aspirations and make ours a better place to be.

Particular skills/competencies sought

  • Possess strengths and professional experience in any of the following:
    • risk or financial management
    • legal expertise
    • marketing and communications
    • strategic relationship management
    • Māori business
  • Be a strategic thinker, able to keep the best interests of Aukaha at front of mind
  • Possess a sound understanding of Te Ao Māori and the ability to apply that thinking to governance
  • Demonstrate a passion for creating equitable outcomes for Māori
  • Able to contribute collaboratively to the effective governance of Aukaha
  • Commitment required

The Aukaha board meets monthly, with meetings generally taking around 2 hours.  With reading, communication and other small tasks, it would be expected that the time commitment would equate to around 5 – 8 hours a month.  Occasionally, there will be a need for directors to meet for half day or day long wānanga to progress strategic issues.


There is no set term for a directorship, however it would be expected that you would commit to the position for at least 3 years.


Please submit your expression of interest by sending a cover letter and your CV to Emma Lang (  In your cover letter, please detail how your relevant skills and experience will benefit our organisation.

Project Co-ordinator

Aukaha is looking for a Project Co-ordinator and business administration superstar to join our team.

Our Cultural and Economic Development unit delivers innovative solutions to help build and strengthen mana whenua presence in regional development. We promote rakatirataka aspirations delivering on key projects across the region by providing technical expertise and working closely with kā rūnaka representatives who are engaged for their cultural expertise and leadership.

We are seeking a highly skilled individual who is a team player with a positive attitude. They will have the ability to self-manage, juggle multiple priorities, and possess strong communication abilities. As a natural collaborator with initiative who can develop and maintain positive relationships, they will be responsible for supporting a team of staff, project managers and contractors in a variety of roles.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Administration and co-ordination of projects and jobs including setting up projects and recording time, costs and progress in various systems, document control and management of project communications.
• Co-ordinating and tracking multiple contracts and budgets on behalf of the team for clients and contractors.
• Applying well developed communication skills to ensure internal and external clients are engaged and informed at all phases of projects.
• Preparing offers of service and costings, project status reports and presentations.
• Supporting the General Manager and Project Managers in all tasks related to programme planning and to achieve on time and on budget delivery of projects.
• Planning meetings, co-ordinating attendance and taking notes, ensuring actions arising are allocated and tracked.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Substantial experience as a project co-ordinator or business administrator.
• Knowledge of project planning and project management with an ability to anticipate and undertake appropriate action even in ambiguous and complex project phases.
• Experience in reporting, project financials and knowledge of project processes; experience with WorkflowMax would be an advantage.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to adapt quickly to a dynamic and fast paced environment.
• Demonstrate self-motivation, initiative, and ability to work and collaborate positively in a team environment.
• A sound knowledge of Tikaka and Te Ao Māori and an understanding of the nature of treaty partnerships.
• A good understanding of the cultural values and aspirations of mana whenua would be an advantage or a willingness to learn.

We offer a diverse and exciting programme of project mahi, a competitive salary, scope to develop a career in project management. With a flexible and autonomous working environment, we also provide staff benefits that ensure a good work-life balance.

Apply here with your CV and covering letter.

Closing Date: 5th March 2021

For further information contact:
Nicola Morand:
General Manager
Cultural and Economic Development
Ph 03 477 0071