Kaiwhakarite - Māori Development Specialist

Mental Health Foundation

  • Full Time
  • Auckland

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 have an exciting opportunity for a new kaimahi to be part of our Māori Development team as a  Kaiwhakarite - Māori Development Specialist, to help improve the MHF’s responsiveness to Māori. 

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 communities. You’ll also be using these interactions and other Māori Development team initiatives as learning opportunities to build cultural capacity across the organisation. 

Experience with marketing and communications is essential as a key element of this role will be advising on effective marketing, communications and copywriting that connects with and appeals to Māori. 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.   

The successful candidate will have a broad range of skills and experience forming and maintaining empathetic relationships with Māori communities, organisations and agencies. They must also have a commitment to contributing to whānau ora for 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.

If you would like to apply for this role, please complete this BambooHR application form: here: https://mhfnz.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=30

Applications close at 1pm on Friday, 22nd January.

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


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