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Community Representative Sought for Predator Free Rakiura Engagement & Advisory Group

In a bid to strengthen community engagement and support for the ambitious vision of a Predator Free Rakiura, the Predator Free Rakiura Engagement & Advisory Group (PFREAG) is currently seeking a dedicated individual to serve as a community representative. This voluntary role aims to connect directly with the vibrant community of Rakiura, fostering collaboration and ensuring local voices are heard in the pursuit of a Predator Free Rakiura.

The PFREAG, born out of a collaborative effort among various stakeholders including Ngāi Tahu representatives, government agencies, local councils, and community organisations, is tasked with connecting our project with the communities and organisations each member represents. Predator Free Rakiura seeks to create a haven where native ecosystems can flourish, providing a sustainable future for both wildlife and residents alike.

The community representative role within PFREAG is pivotal in bridging the gap between the project's objectives and the needs of the Rakiura community. Candidates for this position must be permanent residents and landowners of Rakiura, demonstrating a deep-rooted connection to the island and its inhabitants. Be a voice for your community and for your home - help us to design the biggest eradication project ever attempted in the world!

Commitment to the role involves approximately 8 hours per month, including attendance at PFREAG meetings and functions. While voluntary, approved expenses such as travel will be reimbursed, ensuring accessibility for all interested individuals.

Personal attributes sought in potential community representatives include strong communication skills, the ability to listen and analyse various viewpoints, and a proactive approach to community engagement. Candidates should exhibit honesty, sensitivity, and a collaborative spirit, embodying the values of inclusivity and respect for differing perspectives.

The selected candidate will join a diverse group of stakeholders dedicated to realising the vision of a predator-free Rakiura. Responsibilities include providing independent advice reflecting community sentiment, driving engagement initiatives, and advocating for the project's mission and goals.

This is an opportunity for a passionate individual to play a direct role in shaping the future of Predator Free Rakiura, contributing to the preservation of the island’s unique natural heritage for generations to come. We need you to guide us on how we can best engage with Rakiura residents about our project.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply and become part of this transformative endeavor. Applications can be submitted by emailing your CV, Cover Letter and contact information to info@predatorfreerakiura.org.nz. Together, let's make Rakiura a thriving sanctuary for both wildlife and community.

Read the position description here.

For more information about the Predator Free Rakiura Engagement & Advisory Group, click here.

Applications close 8 March.

Help us to Grow Rakiura as a Taonga by working collaboratively towards a Predator Free Rakiura that allows ecosystems and community to thrive and benefit from each other!

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