General Manager Position Available

General Manager for Te Runanga o Arowhenua

Business Development

Colloboration and Partnership

Arowhenua - South Canterbury Based

Who we are:

Arowhenua – Nurturing our people through generations, guardians of the environments we live in, progressing our future locally and globally.

Arowhenua is a vibrant and active community with Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated having responsibility for both upholding the aspirations of Kāti Huirapa while maintaining strong relationships and engagement with the wider community. To achieve our vision, the Arowhenua community invest time and finances to revitalise Te Hapa o Niu Tireni as the place that our people can carry in their hearts and memories wherever they may be in the world.

The Executive and Management team administer a range of portfolios to manage the interests of whānau in areas including social development, education, environment, culture and economy. The intention is to work collaboratively and in partnership with the local, regional and national community to preserve and protect the unique history of this region and the iconic natural features within it, whilst upholding ongoing aspirations of Kāti Huirapa.

The Role:

As General Manager you will be responsible for:

• Proactively managing all aspects of operational and project-based requirements of the rūnanga

• Identifying and exploring strategic development opportunities for Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and leading implementation of business development projects

• Maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders

• Supporting the executive committee functions of the rūnanga and in doing so contributing to the future strategic direction of Kāti Huirapa.

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Society Incorporated are looking for a person with:

• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior management position, leading staff

• Experience working in a kaupapa Māori environment or a willingness to work in such an environment

• A track record of success in business development

• Strong language and communication skills

• Excellent stakeholder relationship skills and experience in building connections and partnerships with iwi, local councils and businesses

• Strong strategic and analytical skills

• Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application to the work of Papatipu Rūnanga

• Knowledge of tikanga and te reo necessary or a willingness to learn and embrace the competencies required

• Strong awareness of and affinity for the needs and aspirations of Ngāi Tahu whānau and specifically Kāti Huirapa.

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting 726811.

Applications close on 26 May 2019. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email. To view a position description, please visit the Job Search page at

Notice of Two Special General Meetings

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Incorporated Society
Notice of Two Special General Meetings

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Incorporated Society give notice of a Special General Meeting to be held at Arowhenua Marae, 38 Huirapa Street, Temuka on Saturday 23 June 2018 commencing at 10:00am. The purpose of the Special General Meeting is to consider changes to the Membership clause (clause 5) as set out in the requisition form that initiated the Special General Meeting.

Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua Incorporated Society give notice of a Special General Meeting to be held at Arowhenua Marae, 38 Huirapa Street, Temuka on Saturday 23 June 2018 commencing straight after the first Special General Meeting noted above. The purpose of the Special General Meeting is to consider changes to the Society Executive as set out in the requisition form that initiated the Special General Meeting.

Please contact
Te Wera King for further information on 027 5672500 or email

Original notices are in today's Christchurch Press and Timaru Herald.

Governance Training Institute of Directors

Notice regarding Te Rūnaka o Arowhenua Society Incorporated Governance Training "Te Pae Hihiri" Arowhenua/Huirapa focus, with the Trainer Facilitator Jane Huria, on the Saturday 3rd February 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, at Te Hapa o Niu Tireni.

Noho Marae

The Marae has been booked for those who need accommodation from 4.00 pm Friday 2nd - 10.00 am Sunday 4th, the Executive will be meeting Friday evening to work on Strategic Plan/Business Plan (time to be confirmed)

Earth and Sky

In October 2016 Ngāi Tahu Tourism entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Earth and Sky. Shortly after, it was announced that Earth and Sky had been successful in their funding application to the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund to build an International Astronomy Centre on the shores of Lake Takapō. Upon completion this building will be the new Earth and Sky headquarters.

As part of the application process much of the architectural design work of the building had already been completed by Earth and Sky. However, for the interior design and development of the experiences within the building Ngāi Tahu Tourism have engaged experience design company Thought Full. They will work with us to ensure that Ngāi Tahutanga, our cultural narrative, and our stories are visible in the look and feel of the building and the experiences.
A working group from manawhenua was nominated by our Papatipu Rūnanga to give advice and support to our Ngāi Tahu Tourism team with this project.

This group includes David Higgins, Mandy Home, Te Wera King, Justin Tipa and Darren Solomon and is supported by staff from the Archives, Tourism and Holdings teams and also Tahu Pōtiki of the Ngāi Tahu Tourism Board and Dr. Rangi Mātāmua, an expert in Māori star lore.


Architects Sheppard and Rout were engaged by Earth and Sky to develop the original concept for the building. This concept was presented as part of the application to the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund. A site was secured in the new Takapō Retail area, which is the development area closer to the lake front.

Part of the challenge in designing the building is finding enough space for retail, restaurant, bar, an experience zone, and facilities for the staff of Earth and Sky. The building will also be home to the Brasheer telescope, a 125 year old restored telescope that is 5.4m tall. Earth and Sky are kaitiaki of this telescope, which is considered a taonga by the global astronomy community. Below are some concept designs of what the building will
look like once completed.


Earth and Sky currently attracts about 30,000 number of visitors a year to their astronomy experiences . Most of these visitors are international and are primarily from the Chinese and Japanese markets. The star gazing tours currently offered by Earth and Sky are limited to night time, are weather dependant, and are designed for adults. By building an indoor paid experience it is hoped that Earth & Sky can offer more experiences that are not weather dependant, that encourage a wider group of people, and also attract day time traffic to stop in Takapō to enjoy the experience.

Thought Full have been running workshops with the Earth and Sky team, Ngāi Tahu Tourism and our Takapō manawhenua working party to help us better understand our target audiences and what they are more likely to want to pay for. It is important that the experience delivers to what these domestic and international visitors want and will pay for in order to be successful.

Ahipara Healing Wānanga

We will be hosting another Maori Healers wānanga 21st - 23rd July in Ahipara. Venue to be advised, but dates are confirmed. Bill will send out the flier for this event soon.

We will cover in this Lets Romi program:

  • rakau mahi / the body and it's reasons
  • tiwawe / moving waters
  • mahi aa pona / joint movement / articulation
  • piiare / recalibration of the body

and more, depending on time.

Cost: $350.00


  • Accommodation / Marae 
  • Kai
  • Course materials
  • Kaiako and guest speakers

This same wānanga will be held on 14-16 July in Christchurch. Maximum numbers are 30 so get in quick. 

Customary Marine Title Application

Kia ora koutou

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has submitted applications on behalf of Ngāi Tahu Whānui to engage directly with the Crown and the High Court to seek recognition of Ngāi Tahu rights and interests in the coastal marine area. This application is for a ‘Customary Marine Title’.

These applications have been made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 before the statutory deadline of 3 April 2017.

Due to the timeline pressures we faced we were unable to consult whānau as much as we would have liked before the application process. However it is very important we do so now to explain what the application means, the rationale for undertaking this process, and to explore with whānau what is best for the next steps.

Strategy and Influence would like to hold a series of regional hui in the first instance, to see as many people as possible as soon as possible, with the idea that engagement with more specific interested groups will follow. Please find attached a brief summary page that gives a quick overview of the facts, we will cover these points in far more detail kanohi te kanohi at our hui. You can also find more information about the Act and Customary Marine Title by following this link

The table below indicates the confirmed dates and venues for the regional hui. Could you please circulate this.



  • Day: 23 May 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Te Whare o Te Waipounamu, Aoraki Boardroom


  • Day: 29 May 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Arowhenua Marae


  • Day: 7 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Scenic Hotel SOUTHERN CROSS, 118 High Street, Dunedin, 9054


  • Day: 8 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Murihiku Marae


  • Day: 12 June 2017
  • Time: 6 - 8pm
  • Where: Arahura Marae


  • Day: To be confirmed
  • Time: To be confirmed
  • Where: To be confirmed

The Sand Man - Matariki Event

Kia ora koutou

We have a cool performance coming up on Sunday 25th June for Matariki this year – Marcus Winter, “The Sand Man” – who does sand art onLightbox, which is projected onto the big screen, forming mesmerising Maori stories set to music – featuring Matariki, Tangaroa, Rangi and Papa.

Would you mind circulating the attached panui through your networks? The performance is at the Nora Dickie Hall, Timaru Girls High School, at 1:30pm - $5/person. 

Kā mihi

Manawa Hou ki Arowhenua

Manawa Hou ki Arowhenua

A four day hīkoi has been designed to meet the needs of rangatahi - explore your Ngāi Tahu identity,  investigate the caves our tupuna used and tiki-tour around the Ngāi Tahu takiwā on a road trip to Aoraki.  Haere mai koutou, the flash new whare is ready for you to hang out in, so you can join us and connect with your identity and other rangatahi.

Mana Whenua

Our role as mana whenua includes a guardianship responsibility for nationally significant natural resources including Aoraki National Park, the unique lake areas of Tekapo, Pukaki, Hawea, Wanaka and the stunning natural features of the Waitaki River and valley. 

Aoraki Bound

Aoraki Bound is a 20-day cultural and personal journey, developed and delivered by Outward Bound and NgāiTahu. It includes the physical/task-orientated/intense group focus of Outward Bound, as well as the cultural components of Kāi Tahu reo, haka, waiata, kōrero, pōwhiri, wāhi tapu/tohu whenua.