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Cultural Activator Opportunity

Job details

Creative Waikato Toi Waikato
10 Sep 2021
Work type
Fixed Term
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Culture & Heritage, Toi Maori


Creative Waikato is the arts capability development organisation for the Waikato Region. We’re a high performing team who continue to achieve great things for arts, culture and creativity. We are navigators who lead the elevation of creativity in our region and collaborate to provide opportunities for cultural well-being.

The Cultural Activators Pilot is an initiative within Manatū Taonga’s Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme. The pilot will fund cultural sector practitioners to collaborate with communities to tell their stories, build their creative skills and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.

Role Cultural Activator (South Waikato)

Reports to    CEO

Hours of work    TBD

Term of Position    Fixed term – 12 months

Purpose    The overall goal of the cultural activator is to increase access and participation in cultural activities in our community. The cultural activator will collaborate with our community to tell their stories, build their creative skills, and connect them with opportunities in the wider cultural sector.

Cultural activators will use their skills, experience, connections, and understanding of our community’s cultural needs and narratives to plan and deliver projects with the support of our organisation. These projects should increase access and participation in cultural activities and in the wider cultural sector.

Key relationships

Internal: CEO, Team Manager, Creative Waikato staff, Board Project specific: Cultural activators in other regions

External: Arts organisations, Mana whenua, emerging and developing individuals in the arts sector, local arts champions, key stakeholders, established and professional individuals in the arts, community organisations, arts facilitators working with communities, facilities serving the creative sector (galleries, theatres etc). Other key organisations, Iwi groups, and creative enablers in the South Waikato District.

Outcomes of the Role

  1. Develop strong relationships that enable opportunities for the local community
  2. Develop an understanding of the community’s cultural needs and narratives to plan and deliver projects with the support of our organisation
  3. Support coordinated initiatives that provide on the ground creative opportunities for the local communities
  4. Build upon existing relationships in the community, and foster new connections for broader creative development support from the wider Creative Waikato team.
  5. Develop skills with local artists and arts organisations to work towards sustainable implementation of new initiatives.
  6. Increase access and participation in South Waikato with a focus on underserved communities.
  7. Identify and help to develop more ‘spaces’ conducive to creative activation
  8. Develop and promote funding opportunities
  9. Identify areas for critical capacity development and develop resources accordingly.
  10. In the process of working with the local communities, ensure that the special and inspiring stories are captured, documented and are re-told though our key media channels


South Waikato is a diverse community with passionate people committed to shaping opportunities for each other. It is important to develop meaningful relationships, and to support the local people to develop capability to work towards growing the opportunities for people in the area to engage with arts, culture and creativity.

The Cultural Activator will be responsible for:

  • Connecting our community to cultural and creative opportunities in their area
  • Coordinating or initiating the delivery of creative projects, events or products in their community
  • Supporting the creative community to apply for other sources of funding
  • Supporting emerging creatives through targeted/intensive means (e.g. mentoring, one on one training, coaching) helping to grow a strong and diverse generation of cultural professionals
  • Connecting with other regional activators to share learnings and areas for collaboration, and implement new ideas into our community
  • Engaging with the Creative Waikato team to make connections and build network(s), as well as to utilise resources, workshops and support that we have available.

Scope in alignment with Creative Waikato Strategy


  • Identify areas of capability development and deliver resources and support accordingly
    • Meetings with artists and art groups
    • Be knowledgeable of the sector and its needs/obstacles/strengths
    • Use initiative to solve universal needs ▪ Provide advice to artists and organisations around best practice
  • Lead and deliver Creative Waikato (CW) sector capacity building projects as required
    •  Help design projects (in collaboration with the CW team and sometimes other stakeholders)
    • Plan projects through to completion
    • Communicate regularly with the CW team and any other relevant stakeholders to ensure great outcomes


  • Be a connector and conduit – information gatherer and sharer. Not always have all the answers, but always ready to listen, connect and support.
  • Be present and accessible to the arts sector as a whole


  • Ensure the stories of arts excellence, growth and success are captured, documented and re-told though our marketing channels and mainstream media.
  • Be a strong advocate for arts development in South Waikato


  • Share knowledge and insights with the team as needed.

Key requirements:

  • Experience as a cultural practitioner
  • Experience coordinating or initiating creative projects, events or products
  • Experience connecting communities to cultural and art experiences
  • Ability to engage with a diverse variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience delivering projects in South Waikato
  • Demonstrated connection to our community ie. lives in the community, has whanau and or whakapapa connections to the community.
  • Ability to connect networks of people together for collaborative outcomes
  • Project management, time management and strong organisational skills
  • Facilitation and training/teaching experience
  • Ability to work with a high amount of autonomy and initiative (while also being able to ask for help)
  • Comfortable working independently or as part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills and people skills
  • A love of the arts and willingness to be active in the community
  • Current drivers' licence

Preferably, the ideal candidate will also have:

  • Strong existing connections to toi Māori communities in the South Waikato
  • An active arts practice
  • Community development experience
  • An established knowledge of a range of artforms
How to apply

Complete the Online Application Form

Written by

Joy - Operations, The Big Idea

27 Aug 2021