Job Vacancy: Supporting Carbon Farming Native Forests on Māori Land in Tairāwhiti

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Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and Hikurangi Enterprises are looking for a person or persons to support the development of the Waro Project. This project focuses on using carbon markets and the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to facilitate native forest regeneration on Māori land.

The main purposes of the role are to:

  1. help identify Māori landowners potentially interested in native forest regeneration in order to share related information and support services;
  2. connect interested Māori landowners with purchasers of NZ Carbon Units (NZUs);
  3. engage with purchasers of NZUs in order to help initiate conversations with Māori landowners who are interested in exploring ETS-related agreements; and
  4. observe and record negotiations and agreements between purchasers of NZUs and participating Māori landowners on the East Coast, so that both groups can better understand the barriers and incentives involving native forest regeneration on Māori land and ETS deals.

The successful applicant will need to:

  • directly engage with Māori landowners interested in participating in the ETS;
  • provide some (basic) guidance in the ETS enrolment process; and
  • record the engagement process between land owners and carbon units purchasers.

They will not provide specific advice to landowners or purchasers, only information about the ETS and other parties. A project team of researchers from Motu and Hikurangi will support the role and other experts may be engaged by the parties involved to support negotiations for the ETS deals. The role will also support the project with a range of related tasks as required.

The person will be based in Tairāwhiti and be able to travel around the region and to Wellington on a regular basis.

The successful applicant/s will have:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • at least basic competence in Te Reo me ona Tikanga o Te Tairāwhiti;
  • the ability to successfully engage with Māori landowners and management/governance committees as well as corporate executives and management staff, lawyers and public officials;
  • the ability to travel to Wellington 1-2 days per month;
  • familiarity with, or willingness to learn about, detailed aspects of the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme and related public policy;
  • familiarity with, or willingness to learn about, Māori land management in Tairāwhiti;
  • great self-management skills,
  • the ability to work well without supervision, take initiative, create work plans, and complete tasks on time with available resources; and
  • hold a NZ driver’s license and have access to a vehicle for travel within Tairāwhiti.

Hours Per Month: 30 hrs/week (actual hours will be flexible based on the needs of the project and travel required)

Contract Value: $40,000 per annum – additional funds are available to cover some travel expenses.


This is a fixed term role for one year, extendable for one more year based on performance and the availability of funds. The role will be based on an Agreement for Service (contract) so it could be with a self-employed individual or a company. A more detailed role description with specific outcomes will be negotiated as part of the appointment process.


Expressions of interest should be submitted via email by 22 November 2017 as an applicant profile/CV with a cover letter outlining:

  • the applicant’s interest in and suitability for the role;
  • confirmation of how the role requirements align with the applicant’s relevant competencies, networks and experience; and
  • availability to start work.

To submit an application or for more information, contact:
Manu Caddie, Business Development Manager, Hikurangi Enterprises
Tel. 0274 202 957
Email: manu@hikurangi.enterprises

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