Call for Incoming Director

Te Pūnaha Matatini, ‘the meeting place of many faces,’ is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems and networks, established in 2015 and funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is hosted by the University of Auckland, with partners Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Canterbury, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, the University of Waikato, Manaaki Whenua, and Market Economics. Te Pūnaha Matatini was funded from 2015-2020 by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) but must now prepare a new strategy to advance its vision beyond 2020.

Te Pūnaha Matatini works actively to demonstrate leadership in equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in science and research in New Zealand and internationally. We promote and support the acknowledgement of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi. We strive to achieve leadership in engagement with New Zealand publics. We demonstrate these commitments in our research, practice, engagement, teaching, supervisions, and everyday interactions.

The Incoming Director will be responsible for developing Te Pūnaha Matatini’s proposal for a TEC funding round in 2019 (or possibly in 2020), by working with our investigators and the Executive Team. The key criteria for this position are internationally recognised research excellence; a passion for research leadership in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment;, a commitment to Aotearoa New Zealand, demonstrated via a commitment to Te Tiriti ō Waitangi; and a commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.

This will be a 0.15 FTE role from 1 Jan 2019 through to 31 Dec 2020. The Incoming Director will be named as the Te Pūnaha Matatini Director from 1 Jan 2021 (at an FTE level agreed to during contracting) if Te Pūnaha Matatini is successful in obtaining further TEC funding.

Please note that Te Pūnaha Matatini is a family-friendly, flexible workplace, and as such, invites applications from co-directors for this role.

Application details

Applicants are asked to submit their CV in the standard New Zealand RS&T format, a cover letter which specifically demonstrates a response to the listed requirements below, and a brief (up to 1000 words) statement of their vision for Te Pūnaha Matatini which specifically addresses: research excellence, transdisciplinarity, commitment to Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, and commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.

The incoming Director will demonstrate:

  • Research leadership in complex systems, recognised nationally and internationally
  • The strategic ability to develop and implement a vision for Te Pūnaha Matatini
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion
  • A commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, Te Reo Rangatira, and tikanga Māori
  • Leadership in the training of postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers
  • Leadership in public engagement and outreach
  • The ability to build strong collaborative relationships with Te Pūnaha Matatini’s partners, the employees of those partners, and to balance their interests with those of the Centre and the host
  • The ability to communicate to audiences beyond Te Pūnaha Matatini
  • Strong relationships with iwi organisations and Māori communities
  • Advocacy for research and scholarship at the highest levels in New Zealand
  • The ability to oversee management of the day-to-day activities of Te Pūnaha Matatini, including line management of Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Executive Manager and the administrative team

Please email your CV, cover letter and statement to Kathryn Morgan by 14 February 2019


Applicants will be shortlisted by a subcommittee of the Te Pūnaha Matatini Advisory Board which will include investigator representatives. The subcommittee will receive implicit bias training prior to reviewing any applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a presentation of their vision for Te Pūnaha Matatini which will be livestreamed via Zoom or similar technology to investigators. Presentations will occur some time between 25 February and 8 March 2019.