Job title: Executive Director
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Not for Profit and Charities
Expertise: Executive Management Māori
Salary type: Annual
Location: Auckland, NZ
Job published: 15-11-2021
Job ID: 39936

Job Description

Executive Director, Ngā Aho Whakaari

Representing Māori in Creative Screen Industries

Ngā Aho Whakaari is an indigenous not-for-profit organisation who represents a tangata whenua membership across the screen sector which includes cinema, television, digital and gaming.  

We operate as tangata whenua under the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in partnership with The Crown and are funded through two Crown agencies – Te Māngai Paho and Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga. 

Ngā Aho Whakaari acknowledges our tīpuna who established this organisation to serve our people in the right to tell our stories for our future generations. 

Mō tēnei tūranga mahi - About the role

It’s an exciting time for Māori in the screen sector, with indigenous storytelling and talent in high demand both locally and internationally.

We are seeking an Executive Director to guide the organisation through a development phase that will build on the 25-year legacy that led us to become the only Māori advocacy group for tangata whenua screen creatives.

You will be charged with increasing membership, growing pathways for careers in the screen industry, and advocating on important issues facing members. You are also the organisation’s conduit between the Board, our funders, the membership, and industry stakeholders (iwi, culture and heritage institutions and other guilds).

You will be responsible for planning and executing the annual work plan, ensuring sustainable funding, financial management and reporting, and leading a small team.   

Ko koe tēnei - About you

To be successful in this role you will bring:

  • A working knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi and the ability to operate well in te ao Māori and te ao Pakeha environments
  • The ability to unite people in a shared vision and drive change
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and track record of delivering a programme of work against strategic goals
  • Political astuteness and knowledge of the screen and/or creative sector
  • Outstanding networking and relationship management skills
  • Strong administrative skills and comfort with technology and data

In summary, we are seeking a resilient and visionary leader who is passionate about the creative sector and able to work credibly within a kaupapa Māori environment.  

This is a full time, salaried position.

Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to apply

For more information contact Jane Temel on 021 499 902 or at

Please submit your covering letter and resume by the closing date of 5pm on Wednesday, 1 December.