Career Opportunities

No matter where you are in your career journey, we’re here to help.Just starting out? We have mentors who can help navigate your career journey. From support with your CV, to scholarships, internships, and applications for work placements including those with our business partners.

Discover all our mentors have to offer with Pūreirei, and how they can help you apply for one of our career opportunities below.

“Karawhiua e hoa mā, jump on the waka and make the most of these incredible opportunities we have. Mō tātou, mō kā uri a muri ake nei.

We need more Ngāi Tahu whānau in these spaces and we have the resources and capabilities to make that happen.”

– Grace Dimond

We currently have opportunities available with:

We will have additional opportunities available from February 2023.
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MHV Water

Summer Internship 2022/2023

  • Opportunity with a leading innovative organisation
  • In your 3rd year of study or above
  • Location Hakatere / Ashburton / Ōtautahi / Christchurch

Do you want to gain first-hand experience and understanding of the challenges facing water resource management and sustainability in mid Canterbury?

Ngāi Tahu and MHV Water Ltd (MHV) have partnered together to create an exciting opportunity for a summer internship in the Environmental, Water and Hydrogeological industry.

MHV is a farmer owned water cooperative that supplies irrigation water across the Hekeao Hinds Plains of central Canterbury. MHV works closely with stakeholders such as Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, the Hekeao Hinds Water Enhancement Trust, Fish and Game, ECan, local farmers and the Mid Canterbury Catchment Collective.

Click here to find out more about MHV Water

Who we are looking for:

  • Someone passionate about our waterways
  • An open minded and enthusiastic person who wants to gain first-hand experience and understanding of the challenges facing water resource management and sustainability in mid Canterbury.
  • Those who have a strong work ethic, energy and commitment, a thirst for learning. Some days you’ll be in the office crunching data and writing reports, others you’ll be out in the field or on farm running field tests.
  • Tertiary students studying at year 3 or above, or completed a relevant qualification in:
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Management
    • Earth Science (Geology, Soil Science, Hydrology, Hydrogeology)
    • Resource & Consent Management
    • Water Infrastructure Engineering
  • Someone who is proficient with MS Office, and interested in or proficient with relevant software such as R, QGIS, Overseer etc
  • A registered Ngāi Tahu whānau member

What can MHV offer you?

  • Valuable work experience with an exciting organisation who are spearheading research into water management in Canterbury
  • The opportunity to work in a vibrant environment full of wonderful, knowledgeable people
  • Mentoring by enthusiastic and dedicated senior team members
  • Paid employment for a defined period within the University summer break

How to apply

  • Step 1: Prepare an amazing CV and cover letter – telling us why you are passionate about  working for MHV.
    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.
  • Step 2: Apply! Applications are open now and close Friday, 9 December 2022


Digital Technology Opportunities

Ngāi Tahu are calling for expressions of interest

We need you!

The New Zealand Technology Sector has a critical skills shortage, and we need to build new talent!

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are committed to contributing to the much-needed growth of Māori in Technology and therefore we have exciting opportunities for Ngāi Tahu whānau who are interested in a career in this enormously ever evolving sector.

Talk to us if you are…

  • good at Maths, interested in Science, intrigued with Engineering?
  • unsure of what path you could take?
  • interested in problem solving?
  • ready to learn and work hard!

You don’t need a degree, but you will definitely have a good work ethic, a desire to learn and build a career in the technology industry where opportunities are abundant!

What can we offer you?

  • Training, mentoring and lots of support while you learn on the job
  • Competitive salary and benefits, flexible working options
  • A broad range of mahi, projects across many different internal workstreams as well as external business partners
  • The opportunities that will see you develop yourself, learn new skills both technical and professional
  • cultural events and activities, strengthen your Ngāi Tahutanga
  • career pathway planning
  • opportunities in Software development, GIS Mapping, Design, Digital Technology, Cyber Security, AI … the list goes on!

In addition, we can help connect you with a mentor to prepare you for applying for this role and even prepare you for an interview should you be successful! Visit:

To register your interest and find out more: Please email a cover letter and CV to Nicole Bowden at [email protected] or call Nicole on 021 670 461.

Applications close: Friday, 9 December 2022