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We are excited to announce two new internships to complete a Tairāwhiti-centred project.

Sunrise on Waikanae Beach, Tairāwhiti Gisborne, New Zealand.

Sunrise on Waikanae Beach, Tairāwhiti Gisborne, New Zealand. Image credit: © Ray Sheldrake, CC BY 4.0.

The Prime Minister has asked my Office to host two internships to complete a future-focused project centred on the Tairāwhiti, to support the ‘shared future’ kaupapa of the commemorations. The topic will be chosen in association with the candidate and may be:

  • a project with particular relevance to a Māori health and wellbeing, or pertinent social or environmental issues;
  • a project with special significance to Māori communities that might otherwise not be involved; or,
  • a project combining wisdom from te ao Māori and Western science;

The selection process will be available soon and we will be advertising widely for six weeks to ensure good quality candidates from anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand. There will be flexibility on the level of experience of the candidate, to accommodate the circumstances of interested applicants.

The internships will be able to be completed over six months full-time or over a longer time period on a part-time basis (with the overall time commitment being equivalent to six months full-time). The internships can be completed anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand, but will require some travel to spend time in our office in Auckland, and in the Tairāwhiti.

Frequently asked questions

When will applications open?

 Please check back later for application requirements and selection criteria.

Are the internships financially supported?

Yes, via funding from the Office of the PMCSA.

Who will the interns be working with?

The successful candidates will be working with our office at a location to suit the project and the candidate. Other collaborators are encouraged and these should be detailed in the application.

Are applications restricted to Māori candidates?


How will the selection process work?

We will approach local iwi to define selection panel composition and finalise criteria. Details of the selection panel will be published when applications open. In their proposals, applicants will be asked to define who the members of their Tairāwhiti-based research advisory/steering group would be and why.

Do applications have to be from Tairāwhiti?

The projects must be Tairāwhiti-based, relevant to the Tairāwhiti, or the candidates may originate from the Tairāwhiti and be based elsewhere in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What projects will be appropriate?

The projects won’t be restricted by discipline or to particular topics. Criteria will be published with the full guidelines when applications open.

Where can I learn more?

Check back on our website for updates.

Contact us

  Phone: + 64 9 923 6318

Mailing Address

Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
New Zealand