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Published: 26 April, 2019

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu

Cultural Advisor

Your broad role as Cultural Advisor will be to:

  • Drive the implementation of cultural revitalisation initiatives for iwi members
  • Manage the execution and delivery of identified projects within constraints
  • Be a spokesperson for Ngāti Tama and enhance the mana of the iwi
  • Provide cultural guidance for staff, trustees, directors and representatives
  • Guide the treatment of taonga and contribute to the maintenance of a taonga database
  • Contribute to funding applications and reporting as required

To be successful in this role you will need: 

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or experience in a related field is preferred
  • Proficiency in te reo māori and understanding of the tikanga and kawa of Ngāti Tama
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in the provision of whānau centred initiatives
  • A thorough understanding of iwi, māori and crown relationships including Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship skills

If you are a highly motivated leader with sound project management skills and a demonstrated passion for Te Ao Māori then we want to hear from you

Send your cover letter and CV to

Further enquiries: Sacha on 027 386 9288

Published: 24 April, 2019

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui Polo shirts.

Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui Polo shirts.

Tēnā koutou katoa ngā uri o Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui


Te Ātiawa Trust Office wish to advise you all those wanting to purchase Te Ātiawa o Te Waka a Māui Polo shirts are now available to order. All orders are made to order.


If you would like to make an order, please contact the office on 03 573 5170 or email


Details below:


190gsm 100% merino wool single jersey | Tapered fit | Self fabric collar | Short sleeve raglan | Cover stitch detailing on front and back panels | ECO GEAR button plaquet | ECO GEAR side pip

Colour: black


Sizes: S M L XL XXL 3XL 5XL
½ Chest (cm): 51 53.5 56 58.5 61 63.5 68.5



190gsm 100% merino wool single jersey | Self fabric collar | Short sleeve raglan | Cover stitch detailing on front and back panels | ECO GEAR button plaquet | ECO GEAR side pip

Colour: black


Sizes: 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
½ Chest (cm): 43.5 46 48.5 51 53.5 56 58.5 61


All Poloshirts cost $89 each



Published: 16 April, 2019

Nelson City Council

Nelson Nature Fix

16 April 2019

After a break over the summer, welcome to the first 2019 Nelson Nature Fix - a regular snippet about Nelson's natural environment, and what we can do to look after it.  If you know anyone who you think might enjoy getting a regular nature fix, please pass this on and encourage them to sign up. You can read back issues here.

Along came a spider.....

The infamous katipo (Latrodectus katipo) spider is an endangered native species and one of our threatened coastal species. It is estimated that there are only a few thousand katipo left making it rarer than some species of kiwi.  




This species is at risk of extinction and is in decline throughout NZ. In 2002, there were only 26 populations known in the whole of New Zealand, including a couple of sites in the Nelson region.
The main factors contributing to its decline are loss of habitat and declining quality of the remaining habitat. Katipo live among sand dunes, much of which has been modified for farming or urban development. Invasive plants like marram have also led to the decline of suitable habitat.
The name katipo is from the Māori katipō, meaning "night-stinger". It is a small to medium-sized spider, with the female having a round black or brown pea-sized body. Red katipo females, found in the South Island and the lower half of the North Island, are always black, and their abdomen has a distinctive red stripe bordered in white.
Webs are typically established in low-growing dune plants and other vegetation such as the native pingao or driftwood. Katipo feed mainly on ground-dwelling insects, caught in an irregular tangled web spun amongst dune plants or other debris.
Katipo need fairly specific habitat to build their webs. Native pingao typically grows with bare patches of sand between the plants, leaving space for the spiders’ webs. Plants like marram, an invasive grass which was originally planted to stabilise dunes but is now considered a weed, grow in denser stands which make it difficult for the katipo to construct a web able to catch their insect prey.
Although they have a fearsome reputation, katipo bites are very rare. No deaths have been reported since 1901 and the most recent reported bites were to a Canadian tourist in 2010 and a kayaker in 2012. Bites are rare as the katipo is a shy, non-aggressive spider. The katipo will only bite as a last resort; if threatened the spider will usually fold up into a ball and drop to the ground or retreat to the nearest cover. They are more scared of you than you are of them!
What is Nelson Nature doing to help katipo? Helping to conserve precious dune habitat in Nelson, by protecting against weed invasion and by restoration planting.
What can you do to help katipo? Keep to marked trails in the dunes, get involved in dune restoration projects and don’t collect driftwood.
Keep yourself and the katipo safe by giving your clothes a good shake if you’ve left them lying on driftwood.


Published: 15 April, 2019

A Survey of Introduced Species Management

Tēnā koe,

How iwi perceive, use and manage introduced species is important for the environmental future of Aotearoa New Zealand.


We are surveying representatives from iwi, hapū, and marae communities to understand how they are relating to, preparing for, and/or responding to introduced species. This information will help us identify unique iwi, hapū, and marae community innovations, shortcomings in current approaches, and opportunities for linking tribal and non-tribal entities and organisations in regional introduced species management. We hope to gather information that may help iwi, hapū, and marae communities, their descendants, and their introduced species management partners in the future.


The survey will take around 10-20 minutes to complete.


Introduced Species Survey 2019


We hope that you will be willing to forward this survey link to people (whānau, tribal representatives, others involved in environmental management for iwi, hapū, and marae communities) who you think would share relevant information for a survey of this kind.  We hope to encourage as much engagement as possible in order to elicit rich information about our environmental management concerns, opportunities, and practices. All information will be shared with you in order to support your continued efforts.


We will not ask or record your name in this survey. We will record the name of the entity, organisation or community you are affiliated with in some way so that we can sort out geographic and cultural differences in our survey sample. We will keep the information collected for this study secure and confidential. 

Please email us if there is anything that you would like to know about this study.

Published: 15 April, 2019

What's up DOC?






Have you ever seen a takahē?

April is Takahē Awareness Month and could be your chance to learn about a piece of conservation history and even see one in person at one of our many sanctuaries.

With a current population of around 375 takahē, they've come a long way since being considered extinct over 70 years ago. Last year, the Takahē Recovery Programme celebrated the establishment of the second wild takahē population in Kahurangi National Park.

This month DOC's taking the opportunity to celebrate the great work of the wider takahē team along with Ngāi Tahu, national partner Fulton Hogan and our network of supporters. 

Watch the Takahē Recovery short video to learn more about the journey of takahē, from rediscovery to release into Kahurangi National Park.


Listen to our new podcast episode


As vet to all New Zealand native species, DOC's Kate McInnes has a one-of-a-kind job. From kākāpō to kiwi, lesions to salmonella, Kate handles it all. She also made the infamous ‘sperm helmet’ on display at Te Papa.

Listen to Kate talk to Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki in the second episode of our Sounds of Science podcast


Update from Lou Sanson


Lou shares stories about the Mackenzie Basin, kākāpō recovery, Tata Lawton retiring, remembering Jane Davis, Air New Zealand's external Sustainability Advisory Panel, and the Auckland City partnership.






Tracks to explore over Easter

With Easter landing a bit later this year, the country will be well into autumn by the time the holiday rolls around.

We asked our local visitor centre rangers to give us their picks for nine tracks to enjoy over the Easter holidays.



New tracks open: Carrick Range

Explore newly opened tracks that take you to conservation and historic gold digging areas near Bannockburn in Central Otago.

Recreation opportunities in this dramatic landscape include tramping, mountain biking, four-wheel driving, horse riding and hunting.




Get involved

Photography competition

WIN! Thanks to our friends at Photo Warehouse, we’ve put together an awesome photography prize pack for one lucky amateur photographer.



Have your say

We're seeking your views on draft amendments to the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Conservation Management Strategy 2010.

Open for public submissions until 4 pm, 20 May 2019.



Living memorials planted

Conservation community group Greening Taupo coordinated an event planting over 3000 native trees at Whakaipo Bay Recreation Reserve.

The trees are to serve as living memorials to our service personnel, past and present.




Our work

Tiakina Ngā Manu launch - formally known Battle for our Birds

Our monitoring has confirmed the predicted mega mast or heavy seeding in New Zealand’s forests this autumn.

Heavy seeding provides a bonanza of food for native species but also fuels rodent and stoat plagues that pose a serious threat to native birds.

In response we're planning our largest-ever predator control programme, Tiakina Ngā Manu to protect native birds, bats, frogs, lizards and giant land snails across the country.





Report identifies DOC locations vulnerable to coastal flooding

The risk to our coastal locations from flooding reinforces the need to plan for the effects of sea level rise.

"Scientists predict that sea levels are likely to rise between 0.5-1 m by 2100."



Abel Tasman islands once again predator free

Three Abel Tasman National Park islands, Adele/Motuareronui, Fisherman/ Motuareroiti and Tonga islands, have been restored to predator free after a 2017 operation successfully eradicated mice.





International report card on New Zealand’s biological diversity

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says the latest report on how New Zealand is tracking against national and global biodiversity targets demonstrates the importance of increased investment in conservation.




Caedance, the flying kiwi

Threatened Species Ambassador Nic Toki helped translocate the 3000th wildlife passenger on an Air New Zealand flight to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

The special passenger was a rowi chick named Caedance, the last chick from 2018/19 season for Operation Nest Egg.


Bumper hihi breeding season on Tiritiri Matangi island

A record number of hihi or stitchbird have fledged on their pest-free Hauraki Gulf island during the latest breeding season.

In the 1890s, the last surviving hihi were found on only one island but thanks to a lot of hard work, there are now hihi populations at seven pest-free sites.






Photo of the month

A humpback whale is now free from the fishing gear that entangled it. The rope was cut from the whale by the Kaikōura large whale disentanglement team yesterday. The whale likely became entangled within the last few weeks off the bottom of the South Island.

Thank you to Whale Watch Kaikōura and members of the public who kept a vigilant watch and reported any sightings.


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