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Senior Communications Adviser - Pacific | Kaiārahi Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero

Job details

Creative New Zealand
1 Nov 2021
Auckland, Wellington
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Marketing & Media, Pasifika, Other


E ngā mātā waka o te motu, e ngā karangatanga maha, te iti me te rahi, tēnā koutou katoa! He karere he pānui tēnei e pa ana ki ētahi tunga hou i Toi Aotearoa mō te hunga e hiahia ana kia mahi ai i roto i te ao Toi.

Talofa lava, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Taloha ni, Kam na mauri, Gud de tru, Kaselehlie, Halo olgeta, Ia orana, Håfa adai, Aloha mai e.

Are you an advocate for Pacific arts and do you believe in the power of arts and creativity to change lives?

At Toi Aotearoa Creative New Zealand, we believe that having access to great arts experiences is essential to New Zealanders’ wellbeing and our country’s unique identity. As the national arts development agency of Aotearoa, we encourage, promote and support the arts, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Our Pacific Arts Strategy has a vision of a powerful future Pacific Arts sector that is led by passionate and skilled Pasifika people, for Aotearoa, Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva and the world.

We’re looking for a skilful, enthusiastic and innovative communications professional to join our Creative New Zealand whānau and close-knit Communications team as our Senior Communications Adviser – Pacific. We’re open to applications from senior communications/PR practitioners or experienced and driven advisers looking to transition to a more senior role. 

The person in this position will develop and implement plans for our communications and advocacy work, across a variety of initiatives, projects and audiences. This role will have a particular, but not exclusive, focus on Pacific Arts. Authentically engaging with Pacific arts communities is essential in this role, so you will identify as a person of Pacific descent. In essence: we’re looking for a Pasifika storyteller.

You’ll join a busy and supportive team and be involved in projects ranging from regular funding rounds to high-profile awards and events, including the annual #PacificFabulous Arts Pasifika Awards and leadership conference Nui te Kōrero. Be prepared to work hard, tautoko your teammates and their mahi, as well as get involved in team activities (…which usually involve food #snackscidents).

This role is full-time, based in Wellington or Auckland (though we’re open to applicants outside of Wellington or Auckland). We’re looking for a person who is:

  • a gifted storyteller
  • experienced in developing and implementing communications strategies and plans
  • experienced in engaging with Pacific audiences and communities
  • media and stakeholder savvy 
  • an exceptional communicator
  • a project and event management guru
  • an expert at building and maintaining strong relationships
  • experienced in using digital communication platforms, including social media
  • an epic multi-tasker, great at taking initiative and have a friendly, imaginative, can-do attitude
  • Pacific fabulous! #PacificKween
  • passionate about the arts and the benefits they bring.

In return we offer a positive, supportive, collaborative and flexible working environment with passionate and caring people, as well as an enviable opportunity to work with and for New Zealand's unique arts sector every day.

If this sounds like you, apply online today! For a full job description for any of these roles please visit our website:

Applications close at 10am on Monday 1 November 2021.

Contact if you wish to discuss this further

Ko wai mātou? (Who are we?)

Creative New Zealand (the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa) is the national arts development agency. We encourage, promote and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We do this by investing in, developing, advocating for and providing leadership in the arts for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We’re funded by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board and directly from the Government through Vote: Arts, Culture and Heritage.

We’re advancing strategies to support and develop ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts and are committed to ensuring the preservation of heritage ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts knowledge. It’s an exciting time for us as we’re exploring what Te Tiriti o Waitangi means for us as an organisation and our work with the arts sector.

We exist to support and advocate for our country’s incredible storytellers – our artists and creatives. Digital and visual storytelling is important to us, and we’re working hard to improve in this space. It’s also important to us that through our communications we’re nimble, visual, better utilise digital channels, and genuinely connect with the diverse communities we engage with through the channels and platforms they use.

Creative New Zealand is an equal opportunities employer and committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

How to apply

Apply here

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Creative New Zealand

12 Oct 2021

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