Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Māori - Media Adviser (Māori)

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Communications
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Number: 55568499

Company Description

Company Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. As the country’s largest and most comprehensive university, the University of Auckland conducts teaching and research across eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.

Waipapa Taumata Rau, The University of Auckland aspires to benefit Māori and the University through partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi; we recognise one of our guiding values is the recognition of a unique relationship between mana whenua and this institution.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Kei aku nui, Kei aku rahi, ki ngā hunga pāpāho, anei he pānui i te tūranga kei waenganui i a tātou. 

We are looking for an experienced journalist to join the media team in the Communications Office as our Kaitohutohu Ao Pāpāho Māori - Māori Media Adviser.  

Your job will be to work closely with Māori staff and students to ensure we are better capturing and sharing academic, professional, and life achievements throughout Aotearoa. 

Our media team works across the University and its faculties to identify and share stories through traditional and new media channels, and to enhance its reputation.

Our Māori media adviser role is focussed on Māori staff and students to share their stories. Equally important is to reach hapori whānui through appropriate and tailored channels with the work the University (research, teaching and learning) is carrying out that resonates and is of interest to Māori.

He kōrero mōu | About you

As well as professional media/writing/journalism skills, you will need to be a fluent te reo communicator. You will need to work across a range of disciplines and faculties (with the support of your colleagues), to meet deadlines and prioritise your work.  

A member of the Communications Office, you will also work closely with the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori to support them with communications – including social media.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in communications, journalism, public relations, media studies or related discipline is preferred.
  • A high level of oral and written communication in te reo Māori and English
  • Proven experience in media relations with Māori
  • Sound knowledge of media operations with contacts and networks already in place, experience in liaising with and pitching to the media, and an ability to obtain coverage
  •  A great eye for a good story

What we offer | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services. 

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of 8th December 2021 and include an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please email Melika Carlson - [email protected]Please note we are happy to answer your questions, but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

Covid-19 Vaccination

The University of Auckland is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and students.  All students, staff and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or medically exempt, in order to come onto our campuses or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment. You can read more about the University’s vaccination policy here.

Overseas Applicants

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for seven days on arrival.  

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

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