Regional Communications Adviser - Lower North

Stanley St

  • Wellington

Vacancy Number: APA/1638294
Closing Date: 7thJuly 
Location: Wellington

Recruitment Contact: -

 ‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi'

‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.'


  • Communications advisory role with variety
  • Do you have a strong interest in tikanga Māori?   
  • Be part of our Hōkai Rangi Strategy
  • Based in Wellington

Reporting to our Director - People, Practice and Capability, the role of Regional Communications Adviser is responsible for providing communications support and advice across our Lower North Region.

Ngā kawenga | About the role

The Regional Communications Adviser will see you co-ordinating and managing regional requirements for internal and external communications, including for stakeholder and proactive media relations.   You will act as a conduit between the region and National Office to develop communication strategies and collateral for the region. As the Regional Communications Adviser you will also work as part of an effective team to ensure the competent and efficient operation of the Regional Office.

The role will see you working closely with senior staff to ensure Hōkai Rangi is incorporated into all communications. Hōkai Rangi  is the Department's organisational strategy which recognises and builds on the good work we are already doing, however, it also looks to find new and alternative ways to achieve better outcomes for the people in our management and their whānau which will result in reduced reoffending.  A key focus of Hōkai Rangi is the humanising and healing of those people in our management.  Ara Poutama Aotearoa staff will focus on having relationships with these people, and their whānau, that are based on manaaki and contribute positively to their wellbeing. 

This will be a busy and interesting role with plenty of variety.   It will provide you with the opportunity to play a part in changing people's lives for good.  Your focus being split across managing Lower North Regional communications and advising our Heretaunga Ararau kaupapa Māori Pathways initiative in the Hawkes Bay. With this in mind, ideally you will have a strong understanding of tikanga Māori and will, ideally, be a te reo speaker.  This role would suit someone with experience or a strong interest in kaupapa Māori. 

He kōrero mōu | About you 

 To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Well developed research, interviewing and writing skills.
  • Strong oral communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Talent for recognising communications opportunities and good judgement in identifying and raising issues.
  • Understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga and how to incorporate it into communications.
  • Ability to manage a diverse portfolio of tasks to a high standard.
  • Understanding of the impact of Change Management on staff from a communications perspective

Utu ā-tau | Salary

The mid point of the salary range is $108,180. Appointment and remuneration will reflect skills and experience relevant to the role.

Kano ārai mate KOWHEORI-19 | COVID-19 vaccinations 

As part of our COVID-19 response, all people working at Ara Poutama Aotearoa are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access our workplaces.   This is to ensure we continue to do all we can to keep everyone safe from the impacts of COVID-19, now and into the future.

Ko wai mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi (

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at



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