Tarawera: Connecting People and Place

Oct 10, 2022 | Climate Change, Environment, Jobs & Training, Lakes

We are excited to be advertising for a number of positions to help ensure joined up action for the health and wellbeing of Lake Tarawera and its seven contributing lakes.

This team will connect, provide support and pursue opportunities to empower Tarawera Iwi, Māori Land Trusts, landowners and community care groups to implement projects to ensure that the long-term care of the eight lakes reflects Te Arawa values and incorporates cultural monitoring, practices and mātauranga.

The positions are:

Pou Hononga Taiao (Community connector) – These roles are the interface between the Te Arawa Lakes Trust, iwi/hapū, Māori Land Trusts, local communities and organisations. They are focused on connecting with our people, at a grass roots level, to find out how to realise their aspirations for environmental wellbeing within the Tarawera Lakes System. You will determine where to best focus efforts/actions to enhance the well-being of the Tarawera Lakes System and take steps to resolve gaps in capacity and/or capability to realise these aspirations. The roles will be busy, dynamic and varied. Depending on the skill sets of candidates, the roles may range from 0.6-1 FTE (24-40 hours per week).

Kairaraunga Taiao (Data Manager) – We are looking for someone who can oversee the collation, analysis and visualisation of data for this project. This will be a busy and varied full-time role, which includes technical support in terms of GIS mapping and science communication.


Whakapā Taiao (Communications Support) – This role is the conduit of information, supporting effective communication with our Iwi, Māori Land Trusts, communities and organisations. Being knowledgeable on varying methods of engagement is important, as well as the collecting and sharing of information through our many communication pathways. This is a busy and varied part-time role (12 hours a week).

There is a lot of flexibility within the roles including hours (job sharing is welcome) and office location (e.g., home, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, other Iwi within the Tarawera Lakes System).

To read more about the overarching mahi please read Tarawera Lake System.

If you have any questions, please touch base with one of the team – we’re here to help:

Elva Conroy
Tarawera Collective Impact Project Co-Ordinator
[email protected]
022 070 4652

Nicki Douglas
Te Arawa Lakes Trust
Environment Manager
[email protected]
027 496 6052

Soweeta Fort-D’ath
Lakes Programme Co-Ordinator
Te Arawa Lakes Trust
[email protected]
022 165 0479

Corey Ruha
Tūhourangi Tribal Authority
[email protected]

Michelle Hingston
Ngāti Tarāwhai Iwi Trust
[email protected]

Christopher Clarke
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust
[email protected]