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Festival Communications and Marketing Coordinator

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Job Listing Date
8 Feb 2019
Waikato, Hamilton
Work Type
Marketing & Communications, Event Management

Job Description

Festival Communications and Marketing Co ordinator- Fixed Term Contract


Introduction to Te Ohu Whakaita

Te Ohu Whakaita is a registered Charitable Trust established in 2015. It is a Maaori-led organisation whose purpose is to educate and increase the public’s appreciation of Maaori culture in the Waikato region.

A key function of Te Ohu Whakaita is to provide support for The Matarikli ki Waikato (MKW) working group. This group represents Waikato organisations who deliver festival events during the Matariki Period. The Matariki working group has consistently provided an impressive line-up of events since 2009. We celebrate our ten-year anniversary this year, 2019.

We are looking for a Communications and Marketing person with event and coodinating experience who can help strenthen and increase both the participants and the content delivery of the Matariki Festival.

The Job


This is an amazing opportunity for you to be fully involved in supporting Te Ohu Whakaita organise Matariki Ki Waikato in the most efficient and cost-effective way, while still ensuring that the event has the necessary ‘wow factor’.

Your key role as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator is to use a number of methods of mass communication such as the Internet, television, print ads, and radio, to maximize positive visibility and recognition for Matariki Ki Waikato and to build the Festivals position as a ‘must go to’ event. You will identify leads and pitch to new Matariki ki Waikato members. You will coordinate for all members of Marariki ki Waikato, enabling opportunities for them to work together, share resources and support the success of their events.


Job Responsibilities:

You will report to Te Ohu Whakaita and conduct yourself and contract services when needed in accordance to the Te Ohu Whakaita principles.  This role revolves around excellent communication, and innovative marketing and administrative skills.

You would be expected to manage a challenging operating budget, and to assist the Trust to develop an appropriate Communications and Marketing Plan for the Matariki Festival 2019.

 Job Duties:

Your duties include:


  • Identifies marketing opportunities for the Matariki Festival 2019 and its contributing events and creates own short-term Communications and marketing strategy for Matariki 2019.
  • Locate or propose events by contacting potential providers, exploring opportunities and communicating potential new Matariki ki Waikato members and their capabilities to Te Ohu Whakaita,
  • Work closely with existing and new festival participants to effectively market the events of the festival, and enable the significant growth in uptake of events
  • Refreshing and regularly updating all Matariki Ki Waikato online promo links eg. Website and Facebook Page.
  • Attend Te Ohu Whakaita hui to report on potential events and Comms Marketing strategy role out
  • Organise and attend Matariki Ki Waikato hui and take minutes with ‘actions’ that will be efficiently disseminated to the group in the lead up to the festival.
  • Attend all Matariki Ki Waikato events and send report to Te Ohu Whakaita.
  • Some unsocial hours including evenings and weekends will be required during the Matariki events.

Skills and Qualifications:

Personal qualities: great people skills, communication skills and being highly motivated to succeed count for more than formal qualifications in this job. However, we are seeking candidates with event organising experience, online marketing and sales experience, (so you must have a sound understanding of many forms of media marketing, with a general emphasis on social media, print and Web). Good communication skills (both written and oral) and experience in producing press releases. The job requires a lot of creative thinking to spot new opportunities for partnership, sponsorship or delivery with marketing and effective networking to promote rapid growth.

Other skills required for this role:

Some capability in Te Reo Maori is preferred, as is an understanding of Tikanga Maori.

Administrative Skills, Xcel and Word Computer skills, General Market Knowledge, Presentation Skills, Energy Level, Meeting Goals, Professionalism.

A full drivers licence is required.


Please send covering letter and resume outlining relevant experience to:


Mailing Address

C/-  Marleina Ruka

Friends of Hamilton Gardens

P.O.Box 4268 Hamilton East 3247




Closing Date February 24, 5pm





The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • Do you have a current New Zealand driver's licence?
  • Which of the following Microsoft Office products are you experienced with?
  • How would you rate your English language skills?
  • Do you have experience in an administration role?

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