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Project Lead – Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua

Te Kōpuka nā Te Awa Tupua (Te Kōpuka) is the strategy group comprising of persons and organisations with interests in the catchment of the Whanganui River, including iwi, local and central government, commercial and recreational users and environmental groups.  

Te Kōpuka is continuing its process to develop Te Heke Ngāhuru.  Te Heke Ngahuru is the Te Awa Tupua strategy to address and advance the environmental, social, cultural and economic health and wellbeing of Te Awa Tupua.  

The Project Lead will establish a project team who will work across Te Awa Tupua in the next 12 months to build an appreciation of Tupua Te Kawa, and what has been achieved with the enactment of Te Awa Tupua Settlement.  This will be a continuous process of engagement to build understanding, test ideas, attract new perspectives, and end in the development of a draft Te Heke Ngahuru for Te Kōpuka to consider.

The role includes;

  • Project Management
  • Strategy development and facilitation
  • Relationships and communication
  • Resourcing and Risk Management

Applications close 12.00pm on Thursday 25th of March 2021, applications and enquiries to


Te Taituarā - Te Pou Tupua

Te Awa Tupua as a legal person requires a human agent that can take steps to act on behalf and in the name of Te Awa Tupua to uphold its status and protect its health and wellbeing. 

The settlement established the position of Te Pou Tupua to perform this role and act as the human face of Te Awa Tupua.  Te Pou Tupua is a single role, held by two people, currently Dame Tariana Turia and Turama Hawira.

The role of Te Taituarā o Te Pou Tupua (Te Taituarā) has been created to ensure the office of Te Pou Tupua and Te Pou Tupua themselves have the necessary organisational and executive support to fulfil the functions described in the position description.

Te Taituarā operates at a high level and must be able to action the strategic and operational matters required of the Office of Te Pou Tupua competently.

The role includes;

  • Executive Support
  • Relationships and communication
  • Office Management
  • Health, Safety and Security

Applications close 12.00pm on Friday 2 April 2021. Applications and enquiries to


Expressions of Interest - Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Trust 

We are calling for expressions of interest of suitably qualified and experienced professionals who wish to be considered for the position of Trustee to Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Trust.

Te Ngakinga was established as part of the Ngā Tāngata Tiaki Group structure, and along with Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Limited, is tasked with protecting and growing the financial assets of the Trust.

The ideal Trustee would possess skill sets and experience in the following areas: direct investment, Tupua Te Kawa, finance, property management and governance.

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Expressions of interest are open until November 20. 

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