Ngāi Tahu Internship

This exciting opportunity provides Ngāi Tahu rangatahi with experience across a range of business areas within Te Rūnanga Group.

This opportunity will allow you to come and learn, challenge yourself and most importantly – strengthen your Ngāi Tahutanga – all with plenty of help and support from us.

At the end of the two-year internship, there will be the opportunity to secure a role within the group, depending on where your newfound passion and interests lie; or we will provide financial support and guidance to develop your skills further through tertiary study.

In addition, you will take part in a programme of targeted cultural development. For us, this is about igniting a passion for more young Ngāi Tahu to further their education or to immerse themselves in specific areas across Te Rūnanga Group.

Our aim is to ignite within you, the young people of Ngāi Tahu, a passion and a sense of purpose to go onto further education and/or further development in specific areas across the Te Rūnanga Group.

“I began my internship in June last year after moving up from Invercargill. I had almost no whānau here in Christchurch but everyone at TRoNT was so supportive and they quickly became my family away from home. The networking opportunities this internship has given me have been invaluable. Meeting new people, especially people who are passionate about Ngāi Tahu, has been awesome. Having this exposure so early in my career provides such valuable learning and is an experience that not many people my age have had. My personal development has also been immense over the past year and I feel blessed to have such an awesome job!”

Sean Bragg (Ngāi Tahu – Awarua Rūnanga), Ngāi Tahu Intern

Key information

Biennially, there are two internships on offer, both for a period of two years full-time. Expressions of interest are taken during the year and applications open in August/September biennially.

We welcome applications from those who:

  • Are a registered member of Ngāi Tahu
  • Are a recent school leaver or are taking a break from university
  • Have a passion to work for their iwi
  • Show energy and commitment
  • Have a desire to learn and succeed


What we can offer you in return:

  • Real-life experience working in a corporate environment
  • Tailored professional development plans
  • Cultural development opportunities
  • Mentoring and pastoral care
  • The opportunity to work in a vibrant, passionate and enthusiastic office full of great people

To enquire please contact  0800 KAI TAHU (524 248) or email