Sophie McGregor

sophieWhat is your overall opinion of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu?
Great company to work for. Supportive, family orientated, friendly and welcoming.

What is your position within the organisation?
Environmental Advisor – Heritage. I look after sites of cultural significance.

What movement through the organisation have you experienced?
I started as a Project Administrator in a fixed term contract, doing mostly the same things as I do now. My contract was made permanent and I was given a shiny new title, more roles and responsibilities.

What do you like about working for Ngāi Tahu?
I love the work, the people and the work ethics. I love that Ngāi Tahu understands things from a cultural perspective that other organisations wouldn’t understand or know how to deal with. I love that it’s all about whānau, looking after one another and at the end of the day looking after and helping our own people.

What have you learned?
I have learned many things and had opportunities that I would not have had in other organisations. I have had the opportunity to work with and interact with kaumātua and rūnanga and gain from them, an immense wealth of knowledge that one can’t gain through institutional learning. I have learned the histories and place names of different areas (e.g. Kaikōura), Tenure Review and our involvement in the process, including review and report writing, and administrative skills. I have had the opportunity to be involved in Health and Safety and learned how to incorporate that into my work.

What flexibility to you enjoy?
I like the flexibility Ngāi Tahu has around cultural aspects – e.g. tangi leave, I don’t have to explain that a tangi can be up to 5 days or more and I will need that whole time off work. I like that if my marae is hosting something big and needs all help on deck, then work is flexible enough to allow me to go pitch in.

How would you describe the leadership at Ngāi Tahu?
I enjoy a leader that leads but also allows room for personal growth. Someone who takes charge and gives instruction but allows for freedom to be expressive and learn for oneself.

What development opportunities have you had?
I have had the opportunities to attend a number of courses and training sessions – Health and Safety training, first aid training, minute taking courses, archiving courses to name a couple. I have also had the opportunity to work closely with Ngāi Tahu kaumātua and rūnanga members, from whom I have learned so much both personally and professionally.