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Current Job Opportunities

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


An exciting opportunity exists for a planner to join our dynamic resource consents team. The key purpose of this role is to assess external resource consent applications in the takiwā (traditional area) and provide advice to our five rūnanga owners, to guide their participation in consent processes under the Resource Management Act.

Aukaha is owned by five rūnanga located between South Canterbury and Gore. Our consents volumes are growing at an unprecedented rate and the consenting team is responsible for managing this workload in a way that delivers the most efficient, consistent and sustainable cultural outcomes for our rūnanga communities. The work captures a wide range of urban and rural planning issues, including agricultural, commercial, subdivision, environmental and natural hazards management. Many of the consents involve activities taking place in wāhi tūpuna (cultural sites) across Otago.

Principal responsibilities of the role include making recommendations on planning applications to ngā rūnanga, providing advice to external customers on consultation enquiries, providing reviews and supporting other team members. You will also be involved in writing submissions, responding to archaeological authorities and other statutory processes.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player familiar with local authority consents experience.   Communication and teamwork skills are prerequisites, including being able to connect with and work alongside whānau in our rūnanga communities.

This is an excellent career opportunity for a self-motivated individual who is looking for a challenge and exposure to Te Ao Māori within a supportive, friendly environment. Candidates with 2-4 years’ planning experience are encouraged to apply. A tertiary qualification in planning/resource management and local authority experience are highly desirable.    

To be successful in this role you will ideally have:

  • A tertiary qualification in planning/resource management or similar discipline, and relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of RMA and consenting processes, and experience drafting submissions.
  • Able to translate Māori knowledge and information into the RMA planning framework
  • Excellent writing skills and an ability to communicate with a variety of audiences.
  • An ability to interact effectively with council staff, clients and whānau.  
  • A proven ability to work in a team, create and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to work autonomously and with initiative.
  • Competency in Te Reo Māori and tīkanga, or a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.

Nurse Practitioner – Primary Health

Fixed Term (2 Years), Full-Time role – Dunedin Based

Aukaha is a stand-alone commercial consultancy based in Otago that works for Manawhenua in the areas of the environmental and health fields. We advocate for Kāi Tahu environmental and cultural aspirations in resource management; facilitate consultation with Kāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga; and support Māori hauora (health) and wellbeing. The Board, shareholders, industry groups and the wider organisation is passionate and committed to driving Aukaha as an organisation forward with a very strong commercial and strategic focus.

Owned by five Rūnaka from across the region, everything we do is to build a stronger economic, social, cultural
and environmental base for our shareholders and our communities.

We are looking for an experienced Nurse Practitioner or a Registered Nurse interested in becoming a Nurse Practitioner in the area of Primary Health.

About You

  • You are Nurse Practitioner- Primary Health or Registered nurse on the NP Pathway preferably with papers credited to a Masters of Nursing
  • You’re passionate and have a sound knowledge of Maori and Primary Health.
  • Your verbal and written communication, and great time management are second to none.
  • You possess excellent clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • You work well in kaupapa Maori setting, and interact competently with clients from diverse backgrounds
  • You have exceptional organisational, communication and reporting skills.
  • You hold a current, Full NZ Drivers license

Life @ Aukaha

Aukaha is the perfect place to grow your career. You’ll get the chance to contribute to exciting, challenging and important mahi and be rewarded with a competitive salary. You won’t be hidden away you will be working with Maori providers across Otago that will support and guide you as to the needs of their communities. It’s a fun, whanau friendly environment.


Are you keen to make a difference in environmental and planning issues across Otago?

Aukaha is an environmental consultancy involved in a wide range of private development and local government work programmes across the wider Otago region.  We are involved in innovative and exciting work and need the added support of a Principal/Senior Planner to work in the freshwater space. 

Aukaha is owned by five Rūnaka from across the Otago region. We offer a range of planning, environmental and cultural advisory services to councils, Crown agencies and private clients as well as environmental advisory and support services to our Rūnaka owners.

This is a great opportunity to be part of a purpose-driven organisation creating enduring outcomes for our communities and the environment. 

–Permanent full time (negotiable)

Are you interested in influencing decisions which affect the quality of our waterways? Do you have the technical and communication skills to effectively shape and influence water policy development?

Would you enjoy leading a supportive team that provides planning and policy advice to Kāi Tahu Rūnaka to support their kaitiaki responsibilities for waterways in their takiwā?

Aukaha is expanding its freshwater work programme to meet the demands of recent Ministerial direction, the NPS freshwater and regional policy development. While our work is focused on Otago, the takiwā of our rūnaka owners extends across Southland, Otago and Canterbury so we are seeking a leader who could oversee a complex and wide ranging programme of work potentially across multiple regional councils. This role requires being part of a small Aukaha team tasked with providing technical advice to Kāi Tahu rūnaka as they work in partnership with councils in the freshwater space.

For confidential enquiries please contact Maree Kleinlangevelsloo on 03 471 5480.