Summer Internship Programme 2021-2022


$23.00 per hour

We are excited to announce that the next round of summer internships will be running from November 2021 to February 2022. Applications are now open from Monday 6 September 2021 and will close on Sunday 3 October 2021 at 11:55pm.

We are looking for interns from all backgrounds who have diverse perspectives, innovative ideas and a passion for improving outcomes for Māori to enable thriving whānau. Our summer internship programme provides opportunities for University, Tertiary and Wānanga students to put their academic teachings and life experiences into action at either our Wellington-based National Office or at one of our Regional Offices throughout New Zealand.

What does Te Puni Kōkiri do?

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Governments principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development. We are a relatively small ministry with our head office being in Wellington, and 17 regional offices across the country.

Te Puni Kōkiri was established under the Māori Development Act 1991 with responsibilities to:

  • Promote increases in the levels of achievement attained by Māori in education, training and employment, health, and economic resource development.
  • Monitor, and liaise with, each department and agency that provides or has a responsibility to provide services to or for Māori for the purpose of ensuring the adequacy of those services.

Why become an intern at Te Puni Kōkiri?

Aside from gaining invaluable work experience within the Public Service, an internship at Te Puni Kōkiri will give you a chance to:

  • Apply learnings from your studies to everyday working situations
  • Enhance your ‘work-ready’ skills and teach you how to communicate and adapt to meet the requirements of a real business
  • Grow your professional network within Te Puni Kōkiri and the wider Public Service
  • Have your own Mahere Mahi, a performance development plan, and your own personal contribution to Te Ahikāroa, our Te Reo language strategy
  • Have further professional learning opportunities with workshops and classes, including:
  • Machinery of Government
  • Tautuhi-ō-Rongo – Māori policy framework based on a positive reading of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Te Pūnaha Ako online learning
  • Te Reo classes
  • Contribute to valuable pieces of work within a positive kaupapa Māori organisation who support whānau, hapū and iwi throughout Aotearoa

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 or Wānanga students who have completed at least two years of study and could be studying from a broad range of disciplines
  • University or Wānanga students who show high capability or indicates a willingness to learn te reo Māori and be immersed in te ao Māori
  • University or Wānanga graduates who are less than 2 years post-study completion.

Previous interns have successfully provided support within the Office of the Chief Executive as well as within our policy, legal, investment, human resources, and communications teams.

As an employee of Te Puni Kōkiri, you will be required to embrace our values and Te Ao Māori as you support the Ministry to achieve its vision of ‘Thriving Whanau’.

You will also be required to:

  • Think critically about problems and explore broadly for innovative solutions
  • Relate well with others to understand and influence outside perspectives
  • Be agile and adaptive to change
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.

Internship Areas

Internship opportunities vary from year to year and are available in our Wellington National Office and network of Regional Offices:

  • Te Tai Tokerau (Kaitaia, Whangārei)
  • Tāmaki Makarau (Manukau)
  • Waikato-Waiariki (Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatāne)
  • Ikaroa-Rāwhiti (Gisborne, Hastings)
  • Te Tai Hauāuru (Taranaki, Whanganui, Porirua, Nelson)
  • Te Waipounamu (Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill)

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

Applicants must be available to work in Wellington, or the respective Regional Office (relocation at own cost).

How are interns chosen?

Recruiting teams compile a shortlist of applicants who are then invited to an interview or assessment hui. Successful applicants are notified shortly afterwards.

How to apply?

Applications for our Summer Internship Programme open Monday 6 September 2021 and close Sunday 3 October 2021 at 11:55pm.

All applications must include the following documents:

  • A completed Application Form
  • A current CV
  • A cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
  • What are your areas of interest?
  • Why are you applying for this opportunity/ position?

Applications can be submitted via the advertisement on our Careers site.

Any questions or queries can be sent to