Tairāwhiti Festival Director
Dual Heritage - Shared Future
He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu, te hāu ka rere, te hā ka tau.
A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures, a blending of heritage, a sharing of future.
In 2014, the New Zealand Government agreed the 250th anniversary of the first meetings between Māori and Europeans as a major national Tier 1 commemoration. Gisborne and Tairāwhiti have a special position as the first landing site of Cook, Tupaia and others on the Endeavour, and will be the place where commemorations of this historic event will begin in 2019.
Formed in 2013 by iwi and members of the wider Tairāwhiti / Gisborne community, the Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust is an independent, community driven, charitable trust, mandated by Government as the co-ordinating body for the 250th commemorations in Gisborne and Tairāwhiti.
The Trust is developing a programme to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the first meetings in October 1769 between Māori and Europeans on and off the shores of Tairāwhiti/Gisborne, and to celebrate the feats of our ancestors in exploring the world's largest ocean. The Trust is facilitating a programme of local, national and international events and initiatives leading up to and including the commemorations in 2019, and to generate legacies for the benefit of the region and the nation. For more information please refer to www.teha2019.co.nz
The Trust is now recruiting a team to lead this work, in Tairāwhiti / Gisborne. Applications close at 9am on Monday, 11 December 2017. Further information, including job descriptions are available by contacting Sharon@teha2019.co.nz or at www.teha2019.co.nz/vacancies. Any queries should be directed to Sharon van Gulik, on 021 663 597.
You will lead the establishment of a Tairāwhiti Festival of Arts and Culture, to be launched in October 2019. This is an establishment role, with the expectation that the Festival will continue as an annual event from 2020 onwards.
You will be responsible for the commissioning of works for the inaugural festival in 2019, co-commissions and collaborative work with other festivals and arts and cultural organisations around New Zealand and overseas; development of a festival team office and structure; and management of the delivery of the inaugural festival in 2019.
You will have proven experience in the development and delivery of regional arts and cultural festival programmes; demonstrable quality relationships with national leading arts and cultural organisations; experience as an Artistic Director; proven experience in festival management in particular fundraising and sponsorship; excellent relationships with Iwi and mana whenua, event creatives and producers, and suppliers; proven experience managing budgets; and excellent written and spoken communication skills. This is a fixed term contract role until December 2019, with the potential to renew for a further term.