Cultural Pou / Pou Ahurea – Permanent Part Time (20hrs per week)

Cultural Pou / Pou Ahurea

Permanent Part Time (20hrs per week)

Kaitiaki Kindergartens – Support Office, Albany North Shore

Applications close: 10:00am Friday, 5 July 2024


  • – Flexible working environment
  • – Growth and innovation opportunities
  • – A role with purpose


Kaitiaki Kindergartens is a small association with big vision to be leaders in equitable, innovative, and sustainable early childhood education, providing safe and fun learning environments that empower tamariki, whānau, kaiako, kaimahi and communities as lifelong learners, so every child can believe in themselves and achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Currently supporting 14 Kindergartens across North/Northwest Auckland we are looking for someone with passion and enthusiasm to inspire, lead and encourage cultural competency across Kaitiaki Kindergartens, support the association to embed Te Ao Māori throughout systems, policy, processes, and practices. This role will support our learning communities to foster inclusive learning spaces, celebrate cultural diversity and promote equitable learning opportunities for all akonga.

As a growing association there will be exciting opportunities to expand the role depending on the additional skill set you bring.


Responsibilities include:

  • – Establish and maintain a comprehensive network of Māori and community contacts for developing an active working relationship with Kaitiaki Kindergartens and our centre teams.
  • – Provide cultural support through reciprocal relationships with tamariki, whānau, kaimahi, kaiako and the leadership team.
  • – Liaise with Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae and our kaumātua Kereama.
  • – Build connections between Māori and Pacific whānau, kaimahi and kaiako.
  • – Provide cultural guidance to leadership team, kaiako and kaimahi to acknowledge mauri of all things and celebrate cultural diversity.
  • – Develop guidelines and training to increase cultural competency in key Māori values, concepts, practices and tikanga including Hui, Whakatau (Welcoming process), Pōwhiri (Welcoming process), Tangihanga (bereavement process), Koha (gift, present, offerings), Korowaitanga (graduation), Poroporoaki (leaving), and Blessing of Taonga/Whare/Whenua.
  • – Develop a robust strategy that identifies ways to support Māori, Pacific and culturally diverse learners.
  • – Increase cultural understanding and confidence to practice te reo Māori me ōna tikanga across the association.
  • – Lead collaborative evaluative practices to develop mātauranga Māori (knowledge, from a Māori perspective).
  • – Review all policies from a Te Ao Māori perspective.
  • – Engage in continuous improvement through regular review and audit to identify improvement actions and monitor progress.
  • – Work with Support Team to develop Māori and Pacific cultural training priorities.
  • – Embed deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori through workshops and on-site visits that inspire and role model Māori ways of being.
  • – Strengthen kaimahi & kaiako understanding and confidence to use te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
  • – Ensure we share local stories with cultural integrity and tika permission.
  • – Identify and engage in innovative research opportunities that promote mātauranga Māori in early childhood education.
  • – Utilise technology that can increase cultural understanding and competency.
  • – Provide cultural guidance on innovative practices that aim to meet community needs.



Skills & experience:

  • – Strong understanding and competency in Te Ao Māori, including matauranga Māori, te reo me ōna tikanga Māori.
  • – Knowledge of the Early Childhood Education, preferably Kindergarten.
  • – Connections to local iwi.
  • – Experience of supporting people to grow cultural understanding and competency.
  • – Passion and enthusiasm to inspire people through facilitation and coaching.
  • – Excellent communication skills verbal and written.
  • – Proficient in using technology.
  • – Strong relational abilities and openness to diversity.
  • – Tertiary level qualification preferable.
  • – A good work ethic.


How to apply

Please send your Cover Letter and CV to:
PH: 09 4795869