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Ngāi Tahu Internship

The Ngāi Tahu Internship offers a one-year, paid work experience opportunity based at the Ngāi Tahu offices in Christchurch. Interns will be provided with support and guidance to help them get a head start and identify future career opportunities and pathways as well as a strengthened sense of Ngāi Tahutanga.

At the end of the internship, our aim is to provide interns with employment within the Te Rūnanga Group, depending on where the newfound passion and interests lie; or provide financial support and guidance to develop your skills further through tertiary study.

How to apply

  1. Prepare an amazing CV and cover letter – telling us why you are passionate about working for your iwi.
    Need some help with this? No problem!  Enrol now with Pūreirei – this is the Ngāi Tahu career starters tool for assistance with your application and even interview skills!  Enrol early enough to ensure you are ready.
  2. Apply now! Applications are open now and close of Monday, 7 October 2019.

Key Information

  • There are two internships on offer each year.
  • Apply now! to submit your application (CV and cover letter).
  • Applications close Monday 7 October 2019.
  • Open day and interviews will take place late October 2019.
  • Placements will commence around late January 2020.

Who are we looking for?

  • Registered members of Ngāi Tahu whānau.
  • Recent school leavers or those wanting to explore new career options.
  • Those who have a passion to work for their iwi.
  • Whānau who show energy and commitment and have a desire to learn!

What can we offer you?

  • Fun!
  • Professional and cultural development plans tailored to suit you.
  • Social club events.
  • Sports club opportunities like touch rugby and netball.
  • Opportunities to attend cultural events and wānanga.
  • Mentoring and pastoral care to help you adjust.
  • Computer application training.
  • The opportunity to work in a vibrant, passionate and enthusiastic office full of great people!

To enquire please contact 0800 KAI TAHU (524 248) otherwise apply now!.  

When I began 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


Despite never living in the Te Waipounamu, it quickly became my home. The support I got from TRoNT and other kaimahi really blew me away and made me feel like I was home. Ngāi Tahu has helped me gain skills early on in my career that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else. Ngāi Tahu has helped connect me with my Rūnanga through my mahi and being able to be so hands-on with whānau is an opportunity I thought I’d never get that is truly priceless.

Ave (Ngāi Tahu – Awarua Rūnanga), Ngāi Tahu Intern