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Tumu Whakairo Rākau

Job details

New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute|Te Puia
3 May 2019
Bay of Plenty
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Toi Maori



Te Puia, home to the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute has an immediate vacancy for a Tumu Whakairo Rākau.

Purpose of position

·        To provide leadership in the development and practices of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau.

·        To manage all aspects including the day to day operations and the maintenance of tikanga Māori practices of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau.

·        To teach and take responsibility for iwi/Māori techniques and to develop and maintain a learning environment which encourages the retention, and perpetuation of such techniques as well as innovative new ways to develop and utilise the techniques.

·        Collection and maintenance of appropriate resources for Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau.

·        Create, maintain and manage relationships with key stakeholders and in particular iwi Māori mai ngā hau e wha.

·        Promote the maintenance and promotion of whakairo techniques and processes locally and internationally through involvement and engagements as approved by the GM NZMACI.

·        Develop and encourage whakaaro which ensures and maintains the integrity of the wānanga practices.

·        Support the systems, development and operation of the Āhua Gallery.

·        Support and participate in the organisation’s international development programme.

·        Other duties as requested by the GM NZMACI which may be considered part of the total operation of the business.

·        Provide advice and expertise to the business on matters related to whakairo.

Person Specifications

·        Highly experienced whakairo rākau practitioner.

·        Minimum two years managerial experience. Ideally with an understanding of running and operating their own business in the same or similar profession.

·        Acknowledged and demonstrated tutorial abilities in whakairo.

·        Knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga with an ability to conceptualise and apply these skills across NZMACI activities as appropriate.

·        Hard working, reliable, consistent and professional individual who views the kaupapa as core and who takes responsibility for direct outputs as well wider organisational strategies and targets.

·        Leadership qualities with a demonstrated ability to effect, influence and lead people.

·        A team player who revels in working with groups of people at all.

·        Proven communication (written and oral) skills and abilities.

·        Knowledge of traditional Māori material culture and origins.

·        Knowledge of Institutes history and legacies and its future activities and aspirations culturally and commercially.

·        Acknowledged by peers as highly skilled and respected in the field of whakairo

·        Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office and intermediate computer skills.


How to apply

To apply for this position you must complte the attached application form and submit this with your current CV and Cover Letter. Incomplete applications may not be considered. For further information, please email: careers@tepuia.com.


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15 Apr 2019