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Work With Us.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds offers a diverse range of employment and career opportunities in the Bay of Islands, from customer service and hospitality to traditional Māori carving, education and cultural performance. Join us to be part of the team that promotes New Zealand culture and history to the world.

Current opportunities are listed on this page and may also be available through other job listing sites, as well as through Paihia job listings. To apply, download, print out and fill in the Job Application Form, and send it with your CV and covering letter marked for the attention of the manager indicated in the current vacancy.

Please note: the appearance of a vacancy does not necessarily indicate that it remains unfilled, or even as specified, so we do retain the right to decline consideration of any application without comment. We do, however, appreciate all responses and thank you for your interest.

Pou Kaitaki Māori | Cultural Experience Manager


Full time, permanent role

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is looking for a unique person to fill the important role of Pou Kaitaki Māori | Cultural Experience Manager. If you are passionate about Te Tiriti and how it weaves together our nation, believe in the transformative power of Te Reo and tikanga, and have leadership experience working with teams focussed on the key cultural elements of visitor experience then this could be the role for you.

The Pou Kaitaki Māori | Cultural Experience Manager is integral to ensuring an authentic and world-class experience at the most important historic site in New Zealand. In this role, you will be responsible for managing the development and delivery of the cultural experience for our visitors across the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, leading the kapa haka and toi whakairo teams, as well as developing and implementing new and exciting experiences. Coordination and delivery of the Waitangi Day annual commemorations and other ceremonies and events throughout the year, and the planning and implementation of sound practice to upskill our team in cultural competence are the other key elements to this position.

The right person for this role will have proven experience in managing and leading diverse teams, have a high level of cultural competence and advanced knowledge of tikanga, Te Reo and te ao Māori. This is a key role within the management team, so a positive, creative and can-do attitude is essential along with the skills to contribute effectively and positively across the team.

If you feel that you meet the above skills and can take the Waitangi Treaty Grounds cultural experience to the next level, please apply now with a cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience and CV to kaylajonas@waitangi.org.nz by Friday, 16 July 2021.

Qualified Chef

We offer great work-life balance with mostly daytime work and flexible rosters, not to mention a happy and supportive environment with opportunities for growth and development.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds has a number of catering operations, including Whare Waka Cafe which has grown significantly over the last year. We now wish to lift the standard of food and service to the next level, including both a la carte and cabinet offerings.

We also have a brand new events space with fully commercial kitchen servicing a range of functions from sit down plated style, buffet and cocktail events. We also have multiple marquee sites for sit down dinners, cocktail functions and weddings and in summer we offer a very popular hangi and concert product.

To succeed in this role you will need the following skills and experience:

  • A recognised qualification in Cooking and Food Preparation
  • Previous experience in a busy restaurant or café environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and maintain a high service standard with an eye for detail
  • Leadership experience with a positive attitude and proactive problem solving skills
  • Function experience is desirable
  • Experience with menu planning, costing and stock control
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Food safety knowledge

You must be passionate about food and hospitality and be able to create quality food using local ingredients. We are a small team striving to be the best for ourselves, Waitangi and our guests so you will be first and foremost a team player.

We offer a supportive and friendly work environment with excellent remuneration and opportunities for growth.

If this sounds like you please apply now!

Email Kayla Jonas here or phone (09) 4027437 for more information


Ngā Ringa Atawhai provide cleaning services to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and provide a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene while presenting a professional and safe environment for our visitors and staff.

We are looking for a cleaner to join the team on a casual basis to cover sickness and leave.

This position will involve working unsupervised to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene which require an individual with the willingness to work flexible hours and can manage their own time to meet deadlines.

You must have your own transport or be able to find your own way to get to work. We are looking for a candidate who has great pride in their work, friendly and positive with a ‘can-do’ attitude and with cleaning experience.

Please contact Kayla Jonas here or phone (09) 4027437 for more information

Kitchen Assistant

We are currently seeking a highly motivated and customer focused Kitchen Assistant. We need someone who enjoys working with a team who are driven by offering a first-class customer experience to their customers. Located in a stunning location in the Bay of Islands, the Treaty Grounds are a major tourism destination and attract visitors from around New Zealand and around the world.

The successful applicant for this position will have:

  • An excellent understanding and high standards in all aspects of food handling, hygiene and quality control
  • Able to work under pressure
  • A positive attitude
  • Flexible and adaptable working style
  • Able to work nights and weekends
  • A love for food is essential

Immediate start preferred.

If this is you, please apply now!

Please email Kayla Jonas here


Waitangi Treaty Grounds is seeking an experienced Kaiwhakairo / Carver to join our team and work in the on-site carving studio.

This role is responsible for designing, creating and producing high quality taonga to suit the style and needs of our Whare Hoko Taonga (retail shop) on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The carving studio is set up for carving in different materials, including wood, pounamu or bone.

To be successful you will be passionate about what you do, have proven experience in the art of carving and be able to balance production of high quality pieces while working in an interactive space with our visitors, contributing to our world-class visitor experience.

If this sounds like you, please apply now!

Please contact Kayla Jonas here or phone (09) 4027437 for more information

Cultural Performer - Lead Male

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is looking for an outstanding lead male performer to join our world-class Kapa Haka group Te Pito Whenua.

If you are passionate about Māori culture and sharing your knowledge and stories through performance, then this is the role for you.

To be successful you will be able to work in a large team and deliver high quality cultural experiences for the visitors to the Treaty Grounds, as well as to private groups and pōwhiri. You will have proven previous experience in a kapa haka group and the ability to play guitar is a must.

If you are an enthusiastic and confident team player with the experience we need, please apply now!

Please contact Kayla Jonas here or phone (09) 4027437 for more information