Taupae Pia.

Tautoko future leaders.

Nau mai ki Taupae Pia, the Graduate Programme of Te Tumu Paeroa

E ahu tika ai te pia me tū ki te taupae o te maunga, mātai whenua ai.

For a student to advance correctly they must stand on the ridge of the mountain and survey the land ahead.

Te Tumu Paeroa is proud to offer Taupae Pia, a Graduate Programme like no other, offering recent graduates the opportunity to build their kete of knowledge for a career in Māori land administration. 

Applications have now closed.

Applications for the 2023 intake are opening in July 2022. Check back here for information about how to apply.

If you have a passion for protecting whenua Māori and want the chance to be mentored and develop skills that will help build your career and support your iwi, hapū and whānau.

If you have questions, check out our FAQs here.

Ko Taupae Pia hei painga mō tātou tahi nei.

Mō Taupae Pia

Taupae Pia refers to the ridge or hill from where a student can look out and scan.

Taupae Pia is designed to provide you with opportunities to gain rich experience and knowledge that will ensure the protection of whenua as taonga tuku iho.

During this 12 month full-time programme you will gain knowledge in all areas of Māori land administration and how it relates to your specialist discipline, while gaining first-hand experience in:

  • Governance
  • Trust administration
  • Land-based enterprises
  • Project management
  • and much more…

You will be based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara but you will have the chance to walk the whenua with owners and understand the journey to tino rangatiratanga.

Me pehea te tono
How to apply

Please have on hand your CV and University transcript (unofficial version is fine) to upload.

Once we receive your application you may be asked to complete a personality profile and take part in an interview process.

We want your experience to be positive, and will provide you with feedback throughout the application process.

Ka āhei ahau ki te tono
Am I eligible to apply?

We’re seeking graduates with a range of skills to help support us on our journey and who reflect our values of tōtika, kotahitanga, manaakitanga, and mana. 

Taupae Pia – Position description

For more details see our FAQs.

We’re particularly interested in recent graduates studying in:

  • Accounting / Finance
  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture / Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Māori Studies
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Property Management
  • Rural Land Valuation

Te tautoko me te arahitanga – support and mentoring.

Te tautoko me te arahitanga
Support and mentoring

Throughout your 12 months with us, you will be guided by a mentor, grounded in tikanga, who will awhi you to be the best you can be.

You will be guided through a rotation of areas that will include a mix of on-the-job learning – in general and specialised areas.

He aha hei painga mōu?
What’s in it for you?

  • Chance to make a difference for whenua Māori
  • Guided and supported by a mentor
  • Build a career in Māori land administration
  • Training opportunities on-the-job and online
  • Rotations designed to build your skills and knowledge
  • Chance to build professional relationships
  • Access to future career opportunities
  • Gain skills and knowledge to support iwi, hapū and whānau

E totoka ai te tumu o te papatipu hei oranga mō Te Iwi Māori, o mua, o naianei, o anamata hoki.

Mō Te Tumu Paeroa


Ko Te Tumu Paeroa tēnei, te kaitiaki, kaitaunaki, kaiwhakawhanake i te mana o ngā whenua Māori, huri noa.

So that the foundations of ancestral lands may be solid, benefitting Māori from our past, present and future alike.

This is Te Tumu Paeroa, we support the Māori Trustee to fulfil her responsibilities as kaitiaki, supporter and advancer of the mana of Māori land everywhere.

Our vision is to ensure Māori land is protected and enhanced, now and for generations to come.

As a dedicated professional trustee service for Māori we achieve this through our values – tōtika, kotahitanga, manaakitanga, and mana.

Ko tā tātou o Te Tumu Paeroa he tiaki, he whakarākei i nga whenua tipuna hei orange mo nga uri whakaheke.

As a Māori organisation we are on a journey to reflect the value we place on whenua Māori, which is at the heart of what we do.

No te whenua to tatou mana. Mana tangata, mana whenua…Kaupapa kotahi nei.

He kōrero anō
More information

There’s some great resources available online to help you with your application and throughout the process. Please take some time to consider how your experience and skills fit with the position description.

Careers.govt.nz – Finding work
Nxtstep.co.nz – Graduate jobs

If you would like to know more about Taupae Pia, contact our Recruitment team at [email protected]

Or check out our FAQs.

Applications have now closed.

Applications for the 2023 intake are opening in July 2022 – check back here for information on how to apply.