Kaiwhakarite – Māori Engagement Specialist

The MHF is looking for more kaimahi to to be part of our Māori Engagement team as a Kaiwhakarite - Māori Engagement Specialist, to help improve the MHF’s responsiveness to Māori
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Position: Kaiwhakarite – Māori Engagement Specialist
Opens: 14 October 2022
Closes: 21 November 2022

Nau mai, Haere mai 
Ki te Tūāpapa Hauora Hinengaro o Aotearoa 
Mauri tū, Mauri ora  

The Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF’s) vision is Mauri tū, Mauri ora – creating a society where all people flourish. 

We are growing our team and are looking for more kaimahi to to be part of our Māori Engagement team as a Kaiwhakarite – Māori Engagement Specialist, to help improve the MHF’s responsiveness to Māori.  

The MHF has an ongoing commitment to Te Tiriti through guiding and prioritising our work to support the flourishing of Māori, and we understand that to advance this vision the MHF must recognise the cultural and historical context of mental health in New Zealand including: 

  • The bicultural foundation of Aotearoa/New Zealand underpinned by the Tiriti o Waitangi; 
  • The aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi for self-determination;  
  • The history of colonisation and the inter-generational trauma and inequitable social outcomes it created; and 
  • The significant inequities of mental health and wellbeing for Māori.  

We support tino rangitiratanga as a way of Māori achieving whānau ora.

Your role will be to ensure the MHF’s marketing and communications, programmes, projects, and resources engage effectively with Māori. You’ll work alongside MHF team members to support, advise and guide the development of a wide range of programmes and projects, including our national campaigns Pink Shirt Day and Mental Health Awareness week, ensuring these campaigns connect with and support Māori whānau, iwi, hapu and communites. You’ll also be using these interactions and other Māori Engagement team inititives as learning opportunites to build cultural capacity across the organisation.  

A key element of this role will be focused on engaging with iwi, hapū, hapori, whānau whānui, whānau, stakeholders, other organisations and staff alike, so a proven ability to communicate effectively (in writing and verbally) in English and te reo Māori is a must.

If you’re a highly motivated stand-out communicator who has a strong knowledge of te ao Māori, including te reo me ōna tikanga, and you’re keen to step up and make a positive change to the mental health and wellbeing of Māori, we want to hear from you.    

You will have:  

  • experience forming and maintaining empathetic relationships with Māori communities, organisations and agencies. 
  • proficiency in te reo Māori and English  
  • a commitment to contributing to whānau ora for Māori 
  • knowledge of marketing and communications techniques and approaches
  • experience designing or delivering high quality presentations or hui 
  • comfort and experience with public speaking
  • an in-depth knowledge and understanding of te ao Māori, and mātauranga Māori, with a knowledge of Tikanga and Kawa.  
  • confidence in the knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi including an understanding the articles, the impacts of colonisation, racism, and intergenerational trauma and how they relate to and inform the organisation's responsibility to Māori wellbeing
  • an ability to work collaboratively across teams.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

What we offer:

  • A vibrant, open-plan office based in the heart of Mt Eden, Auckland
  • Flexible, hybrid style working (Monday and Friday work from home)
  • Summer hours – finish at lunchtime on Fridays during the summer months
  • A positive, supportive, friendly and collaborative team culture 
  • Professional and personal development opportunities.

The MHF works within its organisational values of: 

  • Ōritetanga – fairness and equity  
  • Tika, Pono, Aroha – respect, truthfulness, compassion  
  • Whānaungatanga – trusted relationships, whānau-centred  
  • Te Pae Tawhiti – innovation  
  • Toitū – sustainability. 

This role sits within the Mental Health Foundation’s Māori Engagement team and reports to the Kaiwhakarite – Māori Engagement Manger. 

We value the expertise of people with experience of mental distress or illness – or tāngata mātau-ā-wheako - and are an EEO employer.  The Mental Health Foundation engages with a range of individuals, organisations and agencies and aligns closely with public health guidelines. As such, we strongly encourage employees and contractors to be vaccinated to help protect our team, our stakeholders, and vulnerable communities against contagious viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza.

The salary range for this position is $67,000–$77,000 and will be commensurate to the successful candidate's skills and experience for the role.

The closing date for applications is 21 November at 5pm.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. 

Mauri tū, Mauri ora 

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