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Job details

Toi Māori Aotearoa
27 Sep 2021
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Toi Maori


What is the MAI Programme?

The programme aims to develop future Māori arts managers, professionals and producers, to support the Māori arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Māori who wish to embark on a career in the arts. 

We are now inviting expressions of interest from organisations that are able to provide the best possible learning environment for our interns.

These interns are keen to build careers in arts administration and management.


Organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a dedicated, senior staff member who can mentor the intern during the course of the intern’s 20-week tenure and oversee the work of the intern.
  • Be able to provide appropriate skills development, mentoring and pastoral care for the intern.
  • Be a New Zealand based arts and cultural organisation for example festivals, theatre or dance companies, performing arts venues, archives and art galleries.  (Schools and education organisations are not eligible to be hosts).
  • Be able to submit a position description which clearly outlines the capabilities that are required for the role, and the key tasks and outcomes that are to be achieved when undertaking the role.
  • Be aware of the Health and Safety Act 2015 and must have health and safety policies and procedures within their own organisations.
  • Must have a Covid19 risk management plan in place to adapt to changing alert levels.

It would be advantageous, if the intern is able to work on a kaupapa Māori event or project during their tenure. Having a Māori Mentor in your organisation will be preferrable.

​The Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme is supported and funded by Creative New Zealand.

How to apply

How to apply


Each organisation must submit the following information when applying for the programme:

  • A completed Expression of Interest Form which outlines the core requirements to be MAI Programme Host.
  • A position description that outlines the core capabilities, key tasks and outcomes for the intern’s role.
  • Please feel free to attach additional documents to support your Expression of Interest.

Important Dates

 Host Applications Closing Date:               27 September 2021

 Host Interview Dates:                                 04-08 October 2021

 Confirmation of Host Organisations:       11 October 2021

 Call for Intern Applications:                       11 October 2021

 Intern Applications Closing Date:             05 November 2021

 Intern Interview Dates:                                08-19 November 2021*

 Placement period:                                       17 January to 03 June 2022*

                                                                        *(dates may vary slightly)

  Location:                                                      Nationwide - New Zealand

*Please note that you will need to ensure that you are available during the interview dates and placement dates.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5.00 pm, Monday 27 September 2021

For further information check the FAQ’s on our website -

For more information on the Programme, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. We also have an Intern Information Sheet for anyone interested in applying for the MAI Programme.

Written by

Toi Maori Aotearoa

12 May 2021

Interests Toi Māori aspires to be the organisation of first choice for all matters relating to contemporary Maori art.