COMET Auckland has been collaborating with iwi Mana Whenua, the Department of Conversation (DOC), and Auckland Council to create and establish Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Rangers trainee positions.

These rangers will be helping to conserve the natural and historic heritage on the islands of Motutapu, Motuihe, Kawau, as well as the Waitematā Harbour and the Hunua Ranges.

In addition to the normal training for park rangers, the Kaitiaki Rangers will receive specialised training from Marae Wānanga and iwi Mana Whenua, focusing on local history and the connection to the land, while Tohunga will be involved in developing the knowledge and conservation of the local areas, or kaitiakitanga.

COMET Auckland will be involved in the ongoing establishment, support and development of the training programme with a view to increasing Māori employment opportunities and training development in the wider departments of Auckland Council and DOC.

The objective is inter-generational transmission of knowledge, tikanga and practise and in time the sharing of this indigenous knowledge and practice to all New Zealanders. Training will start in October 2015.

For more information on the work COMET Auckland is doing in Mātauranga Māori or to be involved in the next Tāmaki Makaurau Education Forum, please view our website and/or contact our Māori Education Manager, Hau Rawiri at


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