Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki


Vacancy: Te Kaiwhakarite

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Te Kaiwhakarite


Community Waikato have an exciting opportunity to expand the Kaiwhakarite service to the Waikato region. We are seeking an experienced facilitator in Maori Development for a 3 year fixed term contract. 

Background to Community Waikato

Community Waikato is a charitable trust providing capacity strengthening support and advisory services to tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations that do social service work in our Waikato region. We work to connect people and organisations and seek to build capacity of individuals, organisations and the community sector locally, regionally and nationally.
We strongly support community collaboration, development and leadership that enables communities to learn new skills to allow them to act together and to create social inclusion and equity.
The Kaiwhakarite role is dedicated to the Maaori sector. This role works with whaanau, hapuu and iwi to support them to achieve their aspirations.
Community Waikato supports Maaori by strengthening and building the capacity of organisations on equality, democracy, social justice and mutual respect. We start from the principle that communities have a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience and can use our services to resource themselves to clarify and progress their goals and development aspirations.
Community Waikato is a flexible and dynamic organisation. We work as a dedicated team passionate about the work we do providing support, training, coordination, information and advocacy for community organisations.

Community Waikato Vision

Thriving Communities

Community Waikato Values 

Empower with skills and knowledge
Influence to thrive
Connect with purpose and respect
Champion our Community Sector

A. Approach and position objectives

People who understand the Maaori sector will know that whanau, hapu and iwi based entities usually hold meetings in the weekends or in the evenings after work. Therefore, the Kaiwhakarite should expect to be available to work at least two (2) weekends per month for at least 10 months of the year.
Te Kaiwhakarite needs to work in a facilitative and participative way to support Maaori aspirations. The Kaiwhakarite must build respectful and professional relationships with people and organisations so that the support, advice, facilitation and training empowers them and their organisations.
Community Waikato is committed to honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We seek to work appropriately with iwi, hapu and tau iwi based entities to ensure our resources benefit both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti organisations in our region.
There is scope within this position for the work to grow with the interests of the person who takes it up under the guidance and direction of the CE. Te Kaiwhakarite needs to be able to work as part of a collaborative team towards achieving the strategic objectives of the organisation.
Community Waikato has a dedicated team of Community Advisors who work with community based organisations. Our primary role is to walk alongside, support, strengthen and develop these organisations to deliver their services effectively to our communities. This role also involves supporting the tangata whenua community and voluntary sector to develop and grow capacity to support individual organisations and the region.

Role Purpose

Te Kaiwhakarite will primarily focus on strengthening, developing, and supporting Maaori in a range of tangible, productive, and positive ways.

Position objectives:

Develop and strengthen relationships with Maaori within the Waikato, Maniapoto, Hauraki and Raukawa rohe. This includes attending Maaori hui ie. poukai, hui, Koroneihana, hui a marae as required.
Facilitate training and development opportunities for Maaori organisations. This includes identifying organisational needs and working with other staff to provide tailored solutions to meet those needs.
Provide one-to-one support and advice on matters such as governance, strategic and operational planning, financial management, establishing entities, developing charters/deeds, employment matters, management, legal and financial structures, funding and other organisational issues.
3.1 Support, Maaori organisations in our Region who are advocating for community development and social justice.
3.2 Support strategic direction and social change initiatives that enhance and strengthen whanau hapu iwi and marae in our Region.
3.3 Ensure relevant strategic issues are communicated to the Community Waikato Chief Executive and board and strategies are discussed to address the issues.
3.4 Communicate with local and central government on issues and policies that are counter-productive for Maaori organisations.

Functional relationships with:

  • The Community Waikato team including staff, the Board, the Kuia and Kaumatua
  • Key funders including Trust Waikato, Department of Internal Affairs and Te Puni Kokiri
  • Regional Territorial Authorities
  • Maaori Organisations
  • Whaanau and hapuu and iwi organisations


The support, advice, training, coordination and networking should lead to the following outcomes:

  • Maaori sector will have strengthened capacity, resources and the skills required to meet their objectives;
    Clear strategic plans
    Established financial systems and processes
    Strong governance
    A range of planning tools
  • Maaori organisations have clearly defined their own long-term aspirations and are on a path to realise those
  • Training and development needs are identified and met
  • Maaori organisations benefit from contact with non Maaori organisations doing similar work by having access to peer support and collaboration opportunities
  • Community Waikato staff are aware of and understand the issues impacting whaanau, hapuu, and iwi.


Person profile

Te Kaiwhakarite needs to have the following qualifications, experience, knowledge, and skills.

Knowledge and experience:

  • Available to work up to two weekends per month, 10 months of the year
  • Strong connections within our region including Maniapoto, Raukawa, Hauraki and Waikato.
  • Fluency in Te Reo Maaori and knowledge of tikanga maaori are desirable.
  • Experience in facilitating workshops/training
  • Experience and knowledge of strategic and operational planning, governance, management, Maaori development, and community visioning.
  • Experience influencing policy change to facilitate better outcomes for Maaori
  • Knowledge of legal, organisational and financial structures, funding and management issues for marae, iwi, Maaori and community organisations.
  • Knowledge of marae, iwi and Maaori social services and networks.
  • Experience in working in empowering and participative ways.
  • Experience with a number of marae, iwi/ Maaori organisation, as either a kaimahi member, volunteer and board member.
  • The person in this position needs to be able to work as part of a collaborative team.


  • Excellent communication skills including:
  • Oral and written presentation
  • Group facilitation
  • Networking and consultation
  • Building effective professional relationships with a wide range of people
  • Working in Treaty based ways
  • Working in a strengths based way
  • Working independently and to deadlines and organising own work and targets in line with the organisations business and strategic plans
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other members of the team
  • Computer competence to a high level
  • Current, clean Full Drivers Licence.

A tertiary qualification in a relevant field (e.g. Maaori development, social sciences, management, financial management social services, adult education) or equivalent experience.

Paiheretia ki te rangimarie me te aroha

How to apply

The ideal candidate will have strong regional connections, experience in strategic and operational planning and a broad knowledge of the NFP sector specifically in the space of Maaori organisations and Marae/Iwi/Hapu.

The successful candidate will have the ability to build effective professional relationships and work from a strengths based model.

This is a full time role which will include weekend and evening work.

For a copy of the Job Description please email: anne@communitywaikato.org.nz

Applications close on Friday 22 March 2019 at 4pm.  To apply please include a cover letter with accompanying Curriculum Vitae and forward to:

Community Waikato
P O Box 1367
Hamilton 3240

Or email:

Anne Douglas