Hōngongoi | August 2023
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Support iwi capacity & future-fit your work

  • Would you like to support iwi capacity building both within iwi and within your organisation?
  • Would your organisation like to build relationships with Iwi partners in our region?
  • Would your organisation like to apply a Te Ao Māori approach to your plans and projects?
  • Do you have a vacant role that a member of an WRLC iwi partner organisation could fill, for reciprocal benefits?
  • Do you have staff looking for growth opportunities who could undertake a secondment?
  • Would you be interested in working alongside an iwi partner in this region, building your cultural competency, and providing skills in areas that iwi have identified the need?
  • Are you interested in a job that will pay you to work part-time for your own iwi/hapu in this region?

While the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee (WRLC) is a partnership between local government, central government and iwi, it cannot be a true partnership until everyone can participate at the same level, currently iwi are under-resourced to participate equally.

With organisations increasingly seeking mana whenua input, advice, engagement, and panel attendance (including the WRLC), iwi partners are in constant demand, to fully participate in these engagement opportunities. The pilot intends to take an active step to help solve a real resourcing need.

We have established this pilot project to explore an innovative approach to support iwi capacity & capability. We cannot do this alone – we need your help.


The pilot is being established in the month of September. We welcome CVs and expressions of interest for current roles listed on the website, which will be updated regularly.

The pilot will be ongoing, after this initial establishment.

The Iwi Capacity & Capability pilot has two key goals:

1 – to help build iwi/hapū capacity and capability

2 – to support more equitable partnerships with iwi in the WRLC work programme.

Organised and supported by the WRLC, there are two ways to be involved in the pilot, through Iwi Secondments or Works Placements. These are geared towards supporting the sharing of systems knowledge and strengthening enduring relationships between organisations and our iwi partners.

Secondments to our Iwi Partner organisations are available to public and private sector employees. An understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Reo are not prerequisites, and improving your cultural competency is one of the many benefits of this opportunity to in-house with iwi partners. RMA Planners – consents and policy – are a particular skill needed so if you are interested, we’d love to hear from you!

Work placements are roles in a public or private sector organisation that could be offered to iwi partners with the ability for iwi members to spend time in their iwi organisation providing much needed capacity. Three roles are already listed on our website but we would love to hear from you about roles you might have.


As this approach is new, it is important that participants feel well supported (also known as ‘pastoral care’), this will involve regular quarterly informal hui (which will bring together participants, employers, home organisations and Iwi Partners), regular communications, optional mentors and planning. Further information on this can be found at the link below. 

More information on these shared benefits arrangements, and the current (regularly updated) list of Secondments and Work Placements is available via the link below.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in getting this pilot underway, particularly our WRLC iwi partners and the organisations on board so far.

Thought leadership webinar recordings

Catherine Proffitt – a fair chance for all report

In this webinar, Director of Inquiry Catherine Proffitt discusses some key findings of ProdComm’s report, ‘A Fair Chance for All’.

The report highlights the need to build a system that enables us to test, learn, and adapt our responses as understanding and circumstances change.

Dr James Renwick – the shape of the future is up to us

In this talk, James outlined the latest climate change projections and what they mean for our country and region. He also set out what we need to do, as government, communities and individuals, to support the transformative change required to avert climate catastrophe.


Upcoming Thought Leadership Webinars

We are lucky to have some excellent speakers and topics coming up in Q3. We hope you will take advantage of these easy-to-digest talks, which are usually only 20-30 minute, followed by Q&A.

Re-food – A healthy approach to Aotearoa’s troubled food system

10:30am, 06.09.23 | Emily King, Food Systems Expert

We are very lucky to have Food Systems Expert and author Emily King, speaking to the ideas and suggestions in her new book Re-food. Emily advocates for a food systems approach to Aotearoa New Zealand’s troubled food networks – one that takes into account the full paths and processes from the farm to the family table.

Emily advocates for a food systems approach to Aotearoa New Zealand’s troubled food networks – one that takes into account the full paths and processes from the farm to the family table.

About the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee

WRLC is a joint regional partnership which brings together Iwi leaders, Mayors, Ministers of Government, and an independent chair, to work collaboratively on cross-boundary, growth-related challenges in the Wellington-Wairarapa-Horowhenua region.

WRLC exists to find better ways of working together to cultivate a region where people want to live, work and thrive.

Our projects cover five broad key areas that are integral to our shared growth-related cross-boundary challenges. These five areas are iwi capacity, housing, climate, transport and economic development and recovery. Find out more about our work on our project page, and if you’d like to talk or collaborate – get in touch at hello@wrlc.org.nz.

Wellington Regional Leadership Committee

100 Cuba Street, Wellington
New Zealand

E: hello@wrlc.org.nz W: www.wrlc.org.nz