Waikato River Iwi Intership

Kia ora koutou,

MfE are co coordinating the Waikato river iwi internships again for the upcoming university summer break, and are seeking nominations from the river iwi.

As outlined, the key points below, please get any nominations back to eugene@tarit.co.nz by 5pm Tuesday the 25th of September.

  1. TARIT has been allocated 1 internship, if other iwi do not take thier’s up we may be able to apply for more but at this stage each river iwi (Tuwharetoa, Te Arawa, Raukawa, Waikato Tainui, Maniapoto) has one.
  2. Potential internships, yet to be confirmed, are at MfE, MPI, DOC, LINZ, DIA, MBIE.
  3. Nominations should include their preferred ministry but that does not guarantee placement.
  4. Candidate criteria are as follows;
  5. Completed at least one year of studies and could be studying from a broad range of disciplines.
  6.  Be able to think critically about problems and explore broadly for innovative solutions
  7. Relate well with others to understand and influence outside perspectives.
  8.  Be agile and adaptive to change.
  9. The TARIT candidate should whakapapa to one or more of the three Te Arawa affiliates and have an interest in environmental or policy work.
  10. The positions are Wellington based for the period 19 Nov to 21 Dec 2018 then 7 Jan to 8 Feb 2019, Interns are responsible for their living costs etc while in Wellington, although TARIT has previously supplied a small contribution to assist with travel and living costs.  Interns must be able to live in Wellington over the time period.
  11. Nominations must include Name, iwi affiliation, address, phone number, Email address, Tertiary qualification they are studying for and preferred placement.
  12. If TARIT gets more than one nomination we will work out a preferred candidate based on their application (ideally outlining how they meet the criteria), prior experience, academic achievement, relevance of internship to study, contribution to the iwi, previous environmental or Waikato river/tributaries mahi undertaken, etc.
  13. Interns are paid $20.59 per hour but not for the xmas break or public holidays.
  14. A brief overview of the programme is below;

The programme

The programme will follow the same format as last year, largely focussed at giving interns a flavour or  how the public service works, hands on experience working on policy projects and core government business. It will largely be policy focussed with interns working in policy rather than science, finance or legal teams. However, if interns want to get experience or are studying in those areas we may be able to give them some exposure to those areas.

At the start of the programme the interns will spend time together to get to know each other, followed by a week of induction and “how the Govt works” courses and presentations. The group will have time set aside once a week to feedback and discuss with each other what work/experiences are being had, with a final workshop together at the end of the programme for reflection and lessons learnt. The remainder of the programme would then involve interns being assigned to individual teams and agencies to be hosted for the remaining 9 week internship. Interns and agencies will meet at the end of each week to debrief and discuss how the programme is going.

MfE will provide a full description of the programme to iwi by 10 November, which will set out details of the programme and broadly what each intern will be working on.

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