Communications and Marketing Advisor

Hanga Aro Rau

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WDCs were created in October 2021 as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).  As the voice of industry, WDCs primarily work with industries and employers in their sectors, including Māori industry and iwi businesses. WDCs will also work and collaborate with each other.

Hanga-Aro-Rau Workforce Development Council represents the manufacturing, engineering and logistics industries including wood manufacturing, bakery, butchery, mechanical, automotive and marine engineering, dairy processing, extractives and drilling, and transport.

We ensure our sectors lead and influence the vocational education system and its transformation. 

Hanga-Aro-Rau is looking for an exceptional Communications and Marketing Advisor to support the delivery of innovative, high-quality and effective communications, media, stakeholder engagement and marketing services.

More information about Hanga-Aro-Rau and the role of Workforce Development Councils can be found at 

Te āhua o te Tūnga – The nature of the position 

Reporting to the Communications and Marketing Manager, this position will help produce internal and external communications, support stakeholder engagement activities and events, and lead and assist with marketing and branding campaigns. They will also work in media relations, helping to identify reputational risks and manage potential issues and create social media, advertising, and web content and publications. The position will also support cross-functional teams to achieve outstanding communications for the organisation.

As Hanga-Aro-Rau is a brand-new organisation, the successful candidate will have a fantastic opportunity to help shape the pathway forward for the communications and marketing function. This would be ideal for someone bold and creative, who relishes a challenge, is a self-starter, thrives in ambiguity and loves testing and trialing new approaches.  

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Skills/qualifications/experiences for the role

  • Solid, demonstrable experience in communications and marketing 
  • Experience in creating innovative communications and marketing campaigns that lead to high trust and engagement 
  • Excellent writing skills with experience writing for different audiences, including internal.
  • Adept in using plain language and making things accessible to multiple audiences
  • Experience in engaging with a variety of stakeholders to extract information, synthesise, analyse and provide insights
  • Strong planning and organisational skills with an eye for detail – you can spot a typo at 50 paces. 

Experience with a start-up organisation, growing brand and awareness to build trust are advantageous, as is knowledge of, or fluency in, te reo Māori.

We are a workplace that values and utilises diverse and inclusive thinking, people and behaviours. This means that our staff honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and reflect the diversity of Aotearoa, New Zealand and the industries and people we work to support. The contributions of all staff are valued and respected.

Join us to help our industries shape and influence the future of the vocational education system in Aotearoa.

Te tono – How to apply

If this sounds like you, please click the Apply button to make an application. For a confidential conversation email  Information about us and the role of Workforce Development Councils can be found at 

Applications close Thursday 10th August 2022

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff, the Workforce Development Councils have adopted a vaccination policy that requires all employees to have a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, otherwise known as a My Vaccine Pass (CVC) in order to commence employment. 


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