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Vacancy: Partnerships and Project Manager

  • 21 Sep 2023
Peel Forest Rangitata

• Position Te Araroa as a regenerative trail, whilst managing projects and partnerships
• Connect walkers, iwi, communities, towns, and partners.
• Lead the marketing and fundraising activities for the trust and trail.


Te Araroa, the Long Pathway, is a New Zealand icon, traversing 3000 kilometres of stunning scenery as it makes its way between Cape Reinga in the far north and Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. It is rated one of the top walks in the world by CNN and National Geographic.

A charitable trust (Te Araroa Inc.) is responsible for the guardianship of Te Araroa, including maintaining, developing, and protecting the trail, as it traverses public conservancy through council, private and iwi-owned land. As part of the Trust’s partnership approach, this role is employed by Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa, the Outdoor Access Commission and reports to the Executive Director, Te Araroa.

About the Role

This is an exciting time to join Te Araroa and make change happen. We have started our ambitious intention to be a regenerative trail: an approach that will drive everything we do and every decision we make. Our objective is, through partnerships, to improve more than just the trail itself but also its surroundings, local economies, relationships with iwi, tangata whenua and landowners, and to educate walkers, to name a few. The Partnerships and Projects Manager will lead a range of activities across Partnerships, Communications and Engagement, and Fundraising. Relationships are the key to success for Te Araroa, and this role requires specialist attention to building relationships but also connections across the Te Araroa network. Ultimately, success means we achieve regenerative outcomes, including new relationships, a developed trail, improved infrastructure, sustainable walking numbers, new partners, and increased revenue.

Skills and Experience

Experience working in a partnership-based marketing and communications role, with competence in brand leadership, social media (content development and community management) and fundraising are essential. 

You must demonstrate your ability to build relationships and networks for strategic purposes, including delivering for mutual benefit with partners at various levels, from corporate to café owner.

Project or programme expertise is a requirement, and for this, we need to see your amazing mix of talent, skills, and experience, along with a demonstration of success working in a cause-based movement.

The critical requisite for this role is a deep understanding of sustainability across many varied components, including specific audiences, communities, environments, economies, and education. All in all, you must understand and appreciate what a regenerative trail is and how the future of Te Araroa is shaped and driven by this.

This role is highly responsive to the daily needs of Te Araroa and the delivery of strategic goals. You must be a juggler, plate spinner, and most importantly, walk the path while you do it all. Being organised goes without saying, but being a leader and influencer is what will set you apart.

This role has variety written all over it. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of Te Araroa? Not to be mistaken for a leisurely stroll, this role mirrors the trail itself — it will be challenging and, at times, difficult to navigate with limited resources. You will need to improvise, be flexible and, most importantly, know how to get things done.

Herenga ā Nuku is committed to being a good employer, as defined in section 118 of the Crown Entities Act 2004, and actively promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunities.

We care about closing pay gaps, particularly gender, Māori, Pacific and other ethnic groups’ gaps and growing the diversity of the workforce in the public service. Because of this, we are committed to implementing Kia Toipoto — the Public Service gender, Māori, Pacific and ethnic pay gaps action plan 2021 –2024.

Position Description: Partnerships and Project Manager (PDF)

Shortlisting will occur as applications are received.

Any inquiries should be directed to:

Matt Claridge, Executive Director, on 0223077525 or

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 19 October.

Page last updated: Oct 2, 2023, 9:39 AM