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Ngāi Tahu Internship

COVID-19 update

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Ngāi Tahu Internships have been suspended until further notice. Any queries can be directed to the email below.

If you are looking for employment support and opportunities, you can register now with Pūreirei.

This is the Ngāi Tahu career starters tool where you can access support via a mentor to build a CV, get interview ready and more to help on your employment/career journey.

If you need further advice, connecting is easy – just email [email protected] or phone 0800 KAI TAHU (0800 524 8248).


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.

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