Summer Internship Programme 2022-2023

Applications are now open for the Te Puni Kōkiri Summer Internship Programme 2022-2023!  

Applications close on Sunday 28 August 2022 at 11:55pm. 

Last updated: Rāmere, 05 Hereturikōkā, 2022 | Friday, 5 August 2022

About the programme

We consider interns from all backgrounds who have diverse perspectives, innovative ideas and a passion for improving outcomes for Māori to work towards our vision of Thriving Whānau

Our programme provides an opportunity for tertiary students, and graduates, to put their academic knowledge and life experiences into action at either our Wellington-based National Office or at one of our Regional Offices throughout New Zealand. 


Past Interns Experiences

Hear from some of our past interns about their experience and what they enjoyed about their time at Te Puni Kōkiri. Some are now permanent kaimahi following their internship.

What does Te Puni Kōkiri do?

Te Puni Kōkiri is the principal policy advisor to the government on Māori wellbeing and development. At Te Puni Kōkiri we are working towards achieving our vision of Thriving Whānau, creating and Aotearoa New Zealand  where all whānau, hapū and iwi can all stand, thrive and belong.

Our head office is in central Wellington and we have 17 regional offices across the country.

Why become an intern at Te Puni Kōkiri?

Aside from gaining work experience in a kaupapa Māori organisation, an internship at Te Puni Kōkiri provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Apply knowledge from your studies to everyday working situations.
  • Enhance your ‘work-ready’ skills.
  • Teach you how to communicate and adapt to meet the requirements of a real business.
  • Have a direct impact Māori wellbeing.
How many positions are available?

Internship opportunities vary from year to year depending on the needs of our Regional Offices or National Office.

Who should apply?
  • University/Tertiary students who have completed at least two years of study and could be studying from a broad range of disciplines
  • University/Tertiary students who show high capability or indicates a willingness to learn te reo Māori and be immersed in te ao Māori

As an employee of Te Puni Kōkiri, you will embody our values and te ao Māori as you support Te Puni Kōkiri to work towards the vision of Thriving Whanau.

You will be required to:

  • Think critically and explore options for innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Relate well to others.
  • Be willing to listen and engage to understand diverse perspectives.
  • Learn to understand how Te Puni Kōkiri works to enable system-wide influence.
  • Be agile and adaptive to change.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.

Internship Areas

Internship opportunities in each puni vary from year to year depending on our needs, and the opportunities within our National Office, Wellington and our regional offices. Internships in our Regional Offices provide opportunities to work closely with our communities within a kaupapa-focused environment. 

Internships in our Regional Offices provide opportunities to work closely with our communities within a kaupapa-focused environment. 

Puni Functions Team
Policy Partnerships Develop and advise on policy issues and solutions for Māori wellbeing and development

Our Policy Directorates:

  • Insights
  • Development
  • Wellbeing
Strategy, Finance and Performance Provide strategic direction, support external influence and monitor organisational performance, internally and externally.
  • Strategy and Performance
  • System Performance Monitoring
  • Statutory Entities including nominations and appointments
  • Finance
  • Procurement
Regional Partnerships and Operations

Manage and advise on investment priorities and performance

Support engagement with and delivery of, services to iwi, hapū and whānau

  • Regional strategy and implementation
  • Iwi, hapū and whānau engagement
  • Brokering and facilitation
  • Funding support and delivery
  • Investment Portfolios
  • Investment and planning

Programmes and operations

  • Whenua
  • Māori Wardens
  • Whānau Ora
  • Māori Enterprises
  • Marae Ora

Māori Enterprise

Organisational Support Develop and manage Te Puni Kōkiri core capabilities, and providing corporate services including:
  • Communications, Engagement & Events
  • Knowledge Systems
  • Technology & Systems
  • People & Capability
  • Property & Facilities
  • Legal Services
Critical Projects & Governance Manages projects of critical importance to Ministers and the Secretary for Māori Development and focuses on quality decision making and connections between decision makers.
  • Critical Projects
  • Governance
  • Ministerial Services
  • Risk and Assurance

How are interns chosen?

The Recruiting team compile a shortlist of applicants who are then invited to an interview or assessment hui.  Following this, offers are made to successful applicants. 

How to apply?

Applications for our Summer Internship Programme open Friday 29 July 2022 and close Sunday 28 August 2022 at 11:55pm.

All applications must include the following documents and be submitted via the advertisement on our Careers page:

  • A completed Application Form.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • A Cover Letter that includes answers to the following questions:
    • What are your areas of interest with respect to Māori wellbeing?
    • Why are you applying for this internship programme?
    • What does Māori wellbeing mean to you?
  • An up-to-date Academic Transcript (this does not need to be an official transcript).

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