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Senior Communications Adviser (Māori focus) | Kaiārahi Matua Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero

Job details

Creative New Zealand
13 Jun 2022
Auckland, Wellington
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Marketing & Media, Toi Maori


E aku nui, e aku rahi, kei aku raukura, aku piki kōtuku, aku hou amokura. Koutou, te mūrau a te tini. Koutou te wenerau a te mano. Ngā puna o te kī, ngā whakaniko i te kupu. Tēnā koutou katoa! He karere tēnei e pā ana ki tētahi tūnga ki Toi Aotearoa mō te hunga e hiahia ana kia mahi ai ki roto i te ao Toi.

Ko tā mātou mahi – The role

We’re seeking a senior Māori Communications practitioner to join our high performing tight-knit Communications team. We’re looking for someone who is positive, proactive, self-managing and wants to work for an agency dedicated to supporting, developing and advocating for the arts – in particular ngā toi Māori – for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We’re open to applications from senior communications/PR practitioners or experienced and driven advisers looking to transition to a more senior role.

The person in this position will work across a variety of initiatives, projects and audiences. This role will have a particular, but not exclusive, focus on ngā toi Māori. Authentically engaging with Māori arts communities is essential in this role, so you will identify as Māori. In essence: we’re looking for a storyteller from a Māori worldview.

You’ll be involved in projects ranging from regular funding rounds to high-profile awards and events, including the annual Māori arts awards, Ngā Taonga Toi ā Te Waka Toi..

As Kaiārahi Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero (Māori), you’ll be expected to:

  • develop, implement and maintain communications strategies for Toi Aotearoa Creative New Zealand projects and initiatives, with a particular focus on ngā toi Māori
  • develop clear and effective communications material appropriate to target audiences on relevant platforms
  • establish and maintain a strong network of media contacts, particularly in Māori media
  • identify and develop media opportunities for our funded projects or initiatives
  • develop and implement communications plans for our events and initiatives
  • develop strong relationships within the Communications team and across the organisation
  • contribute to the development of our organisation’s responsiveness to Māori and Pacific peoples, including support for Te Kaupapa o Toi Aotearoa – our organisational development programme and initiatives
  • contribute to the development and strengthening of Māori responsiveness in all we do

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu – What you will bring

  • Knowledge in te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent on-the-job experience.
  • Proven communications and/or media experience, including the use of a wide variety of digital platforms.
  • Experience in developing, planning and implementing communications strategies.
  • Experience engaging with Māori audiences and communities.
  • Highly developed communication skills – both verbal and (particularly) written.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and collaboration skills.
  • Project and event management expertise.
  • Strong multi-tasking and prioritisation skills.
  • A high level of initiative, proactivity, collaboration and positive energy.

We welcome applicants from all walks of life and appreciate the richness of experience that your unique world view would bring to our whānau.

Ngā tāpaetanga kei a mātou – What we offer

In addition to your salary and 4 weeks annual leave, we offer a hauora allowance, hauora days (4 per year), additional leave over the Christmas/New Year period, a range of insurances including full Southern Cross Health Insurance, and genuinely flexible working arrangements.

At Toi Aotearoa Creative New Zealand we’re committed to the wellbeing of our people, and we support the growth and development of our whānau in flexible, mana enhancing ways.

Mō mātou o Toi Aotearoa – About our organisation

At Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa we believe that having access to great arts experiences is essential to New Zealanders’ wellbeing and our country’s unique identity. As the national arts development agency of Aotearoa New Zealand, we encourage, promote and support the arts, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

We’re undergoing an organisational programme called Te Kaupapa o Toi Aotearoa (the Creative New Zealand way) to ensure we have the organisational culture, competencies and practices that will enable us to meet our aspirations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensure we deliver public value for all New Zealanders. Te Kaupapa o Toi Aotearoa helps guide how and why we do this, considering the people and communities we serve, our vision, purpose, values, Te Waka Toi Pātaka (our Mātauranga Māori Framework) and the social context of our work within Aotearoa.

How to apply

Please apply here.

Written by

Creative New Zealand

23 May 2022

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