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Rotorua Lakes Council Te Ahurei recruitment drive underway
10 April 2019
Rotorua Lakes Council Te Ahurei recruitment drive underway
Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust have joined forces to recruit a leader who will guide Council’s relationship with Te Arawa.  
 
Council is seeking applications for the new position of Te Ahurei, which has been developed to replace the Kaitiaki Ahurea Māori role that is held by Monty Morrison.
 
Mr Morrison, a Ngāti Whakaue kaumātua, is transitioning out of his current Council role which will enable him to fulfil his tribal leadership commitments.
 
Rotorua Lakes Council’s chief executive, Geoff Williams, says Mr Morrison, who has provided invaluable manaaki (care/guidance) to the organisation, will remain with Council for a time to help the selected candidate settle in.
 
“The position of Te Ahurei is an important role which will need a candidate who has the confidence of Te Arawa.  From Council’s perspective, it is imperative we have Te Arawa oversight in appointing someone for this position because Council works on some very complex matters which require the organisation to engage effectively with Te Arawa,” he says.
 
Te Tatau o Te Arawa chair, Te Taru White, welcomes the collaborative recruitment drive.
 
 “This approach demonstrates the essence of the Te Arawa partnership, an agreement which Te Arawa and the Council signed in 2015.  Both the Council and Te Arawa are looking for the right candidate who will help towards developing a vibrant city for all Rotorua residents as well as uphold the value of Te Arawa as mana whenua,” he says. 
 
Council has asked Te Arawa Lakes Trust, the tribal confederation’s mandated post-settlement governance entity, for its support in the recruitment process.
 
Its chair, Tā Toby Curtis, says the position of Te Ahurei will play a critical role.
 
“This person will be vital in facilitating and weaving relationships between Rotorua Lakes Council, Te Arawa hapū and iwi. The ideal candidate will need to understand Te Arawatanga in all its unique nuances as well as have the ability to translate hapū and iwi aspirations through a local government mechanism, says Tā Toby Curtis.
 
Calls for applications for the position of Te Ahurei are now open and close on the 30th of April, 2019.
 
For application details click here.
 
FAQs – Te Ahurei position
 
What is the job?
 
This is an executive Council role which requires a candidate who has the confidence of Te Arawa and harnesses leadership skills and can clearly articulate and progress important strategic matters.
 
The position of Te Ahurei will support Council’s governance and senior leadership to build constructive iwi relationships and work effectively in partnership with Te Arawa and its various entities.
 
You can click here to see the full job description.
 
Will the ideal candidate need to be of Te Arawa descendant?
 
The key is that Council finds the right person for the job, someone who holds the trust and confidence of Te Arawa to do the job.  This doesn’t mean they will have to be of Te Arawa descendant.  The ideal candidate who will be selected will need to be able to guide and advance Council in its relationship with Te Arawa.  This person will need to have advanced strategic skills and have the ability to clearly articulate matters and provide leadership around complex issues.
 
Does the ideal candidate need to be male?
 
Kao (No). Council needs to finds the right person for the job, someone who holds the trust and confidence of Te Arawa. 
 
Recruitment process
 
How will the person be recruited?
 
Reflecting the partnership with Te Arawa, the process of appointment to this role will be led by a panel comprising of representatives from Te Tatau o Te Arawa, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Rotorua Lakes Council.  This panel has designed the position description and will commission the advertising and call for applications.  It will also shortlist and interview applicants to determine the successful candidate to be appointed.
 
It is intended to schedule interviews for this role during the week of the 13th of May.
 
Te Ahurei origins
 
How did the job come about?
 
Council announced in November last year, that its current Kaitiaki Ahurea Māori, Monty Morrison, was transitioning away from his full-time role with the organisation.
 
The Ngāti Whakaue leader joined Council in 2015 after the passing of Council’s former Kaupapa Māori director, Mauriora Kingi.
 
Mr Morrison has transitioned to a part-time kaumātua role at Council alongside his iwi leadership roles with Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa.
 
Why is the position of Te Ahurei needed by Council?
 
Council is a bicultural organisation which is committed to its partnership with the mana whenua of Te Arawa.  It signed a partnership agreement with Te Tatau o Te Arawa in December 2015 and enable Council to meet its commitment to:
 
  • Effectively partner with Te Arawa
  • Strengthen Te Arawa participation in council decision-making
  • Identify strategic opportunities to work closely together for the benefit of the Rotorua district and build iwi capacity and capability to partner with local government
The partnership will also help Council to meet its legal and statutory obligations with regards to working closely with Māori and local iwi.
 
Why is Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust involved in the recruitment process?
 
Council has made the decision to enlist the expertise of Te Arawa in finding the best candidate to guide the organisation in how it effectively engages with the tribal confederation which in turn will help it to better serve the Rotorua community including all Māori descendants.  Mindful that Council works on some very complex matters, the role of Te Ahurei requires the organisation to find an ideal candidate, who would be able to guide and lead the Council in advancing and nurturing its relationship with Te Arawa.  As a result, Council has sought the help of Te Tatau o Te Arawa and Te Arawa Lakes Trust to recruit the ideal candidate.
 
Kaitiaki Ahurea Māori role
 
Is Monty Morrison leaving Council?
 
Monty Morrison is transitioning out of his current position as Kaitiaki Ahurea Māori and has moved into a part-time kaumātua role for Council alongside his iwi leadership roles with Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa.
 
He began this transition in November last year.
 
Mr Morrison will remain with Council for a time to help the new Te Ahurei appointee to settle in. Council expects that Monty Morrison’s invaluable guidance and leadership will continue in some context in future.  What that looks like is unclear at this stage.
 
When will Monty Morrison be expected to finish his term with Council?
 
Appointing someone to the position of Te Ahurei is the primary focus at this stage.  Monty Morrison will remain with Council to help the successful candidate, when selected, to settle into the organisation.  Council expects that Mr Morrison’s guidance and leadership will continue in some context in the future.  Although it is unclear what that looks like at this stage.