Craig Pauling
Kaiarataki; Te Hihiri - Strategic Advisor; Māori, Principal

Contact details:

Tel: +64 3 364 4768


Post Grad. Certificate in Applied Science (awarded with Distinction), Lincoln University

Post Grad. Certificate in Social Science (awarded with Distinction), Lincoln University

Bachelor of Resource Studies (B.R.S.) (awarded with a Senior Scholarship for post-graduate study), Lincoln University


Founding member and steering committee – Ngā Aho Incorporated Society

Co-founder, instructor and advisory member - Aoraki Bound

Te Taumutu Rūnanga – Kaitiakitanga Committee

Co-Chair/trustee - Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust

About Craig

Craig is affiliated with Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha and Ngāti Mutunga and is a New Zealand descendent of English, Scottish and Welsh settlers. He has significant experience in environmental management and policy, strategy and research.

Whilst working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Craig held a number of roles which included fisheries negotiation, environmental policy and research, environmental advice, programme leader – environment and as a project manager for freshwater strategy development. He has also worked for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority as a Senior Advisor in Strategy and Planning and as a Māori Researcher for Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

Craig’s technical expertise is complemented by a range of Governance roles for both iwi and community organisations. These roles include being a steering committee member of Ngā Aho Incorporated (a national network of Māori design and planning professionals), a member of the Aoraki Bound Advisory Group and the Te Taumutu Rūnanga Kaitiakitanga Committee. Craig was also a former member of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy Christchurch West Melton and Regional Zone Committees and the Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) Management Board and Co-Governance Group.

The knowledge and skills that Craig has acquired in these roles ensures he is well qualified and effective in the role of bringing cultural values and understanding to a project.

A selection of Craig's projects

Tapataia Mahaka/Peters Lookout, Lake Pūkaki >

Ahuriri Lagoon Mātauranga Māori Monitoring Programme - Phase 1 >

Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility >

Te Ana Waterfront Development, Lyttelton >

Red Zone App >