Riki began his career with the Ngāi Tahu Māori Law Centre working primarily on Resource Management and Māori land issues for the local runanga. This included establishing the Kai Tahu Ki Otago Ltd iwi resource management consultancy and the Kai Tahu ki Otago Natural Resource Management Plan.
Riki has subsequently held a number of senior and executive management roles within central and local government as well as the private sector. This includes Pouwhakarae at Greater Wellington Regional Council; Māori Development and Policy Manager roles with Aquaculture New Zealand; Tumuaki of Maruwhenua at the Ministry for the Environment; Project Manager at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage; and a range of management and senior advisor roles at Te Puni Kōkiri. During his time at the Ministry for the Environment, Riki also served, for a time, as the Environment Private Secretary to the Minister for the Environment.
Riki has previously been a member of the Board of Directors for the Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation, is a past fellow of the First Nations Futures Institute at Stanford University, and an alumni of the Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue.
Since establishing his own consultancy Riki has undertaken projects for a number of central government and iwi clients, including Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for the Environment, Te Ohu Kaimoana, the Ministry of Justice (Office of Treaty Settlements) and Raukawa Charitable Trust. Riki is also an advisor to the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group.
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