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Kaihautū Toi Whakaari - Senior Performing Arts Producer

Job details

Taki Rua Productions Society Incorporated
20 Jan 2022
Work type
Work classification
Performing Arts


Location          Te Haukāinga, Level 1, 274 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Type                10 month, fixed term, full-time contract
Role Title        Kaihautū Toi Whakaari (Performing Arts Senior Producer)
Salary Band    $70,000 - $80,000 per annum. 

A candidate who possess all skills in this role will likely commence at $75,000 for the 10-month fixed term full time contract. 

Our Organisation
Taki Rua Productions - Aotearoa's Foremost Māori Theatre Company.

Taki Rua produce, commission and develop theatre with a distinctively Māori voice. We collaborate with the brightest voices in our industry, touring productions locally, nationally and internationally.
Since 1983, Taki Rua has been an arts industry leader – a creative rule breaker, continually evolving the definition of Māori theatre. We exist to connect our past and present and ensure Māori voices are heard worldwide.
Each year our team develop new works, supporting a range of talent and ensuring Māori theatre remains bold and contemporary. Our productions offer important contributions to New Zealand’s creative discourse, providing insight into the development of our nation.

The Role
Reporting to the Kaiwhakahaere Matua (General Manager), the Contractor will provide services as a Kaihautū Toi Whakaari –  Performing Arts Senior Producer for a fixed term contracted period of 10 months in 2022 including but not limited to:

(a) providing services as a Kaihautū Toi Whakaari (Performing Arts Senior Producer) to the highest professional standards;

(b) working under the direction of and complying with all reasonable requests of the Kaiwhakahaere Matua (General Manager), the Kahukura / Kaiarataki Toi (Chief Executive / Artistic Director);

(c) working closely with the kaimahi (staff) of Taki Rua, as well as a wide range of contractors, stakeholders and suppliers, as a representative of Taki Rua;

(d) administration, production and company management responsibilities towards the effective delivery of the 2022 performance and development programmes;

(e) administration, production and company management responsibilities towards the effective planning of the 2023-2024 performance and development programmes;

(f) attending all required rehearsals, performance workshops, marketing promotions and technical procedures in relation to programmes;

(g) growing and maintaining venue stakeholder relationships and co-ordinating venue bookings for all Taki Rua programming from 2022-2024;

(h) coordinating personnel, equipment and other logistical needs for Taki Rua 2022-2024 programming, in conjunction with the Kaiwhakahaere Hanga Hōtaka (Production Manager);

(i) supporting Taki Rua executives and management to develop and nurture stakeholder and supplier relationships;

(j) working with Taki Rua management to develop and implement systems for greater efficiency;

(k) supporting the Kaiwhakahaere Matua and the Kahukura / Kaiarataki Toi with all 2022 production budgets, including advising of required changes, and assisting in the creation of production budgets for the 2023-2024 planned programming;

(l) overseeing and implementing ticketing systems in conjunction with the marketing and funding team and venues for the 2022 mainbill season of Tiki Taane Mahuta including pricing tiers and post-season data collection;

(m) overseeing recruitment of contractors for the 2022-2024 Taki Rua programme of works;

(n) costing and quoting of the 2022 workshops for Hatu Patu including set design and technical equipment, and linking this in to bookings for the 2023 rehearsal and performance season;

(o) overseeing and implementing all intellectual property and licensing rights with APRA, Playmarket and other rights holders, required to carry out the Taki Rua programme of works from 2022-2024;

(p) working with the funding and marketing teams to develop and implement audience relationships both within performance seasons and throughout the year;

(q) working with the Kaiwhakahaere Matua and Kahukura/ Kaiarataki Toi to plan and implement presentations and stakeholder relationships at the 2022 PANNZ conference and prepare for the 2023 PANNZ conference or other international conferences;

(r) leading and mentoring the Kaiāwhina Kaihautū Toi Whakaari – Assistant Producer in collaboration with the Kaiwhakahaere Matua and Kahukura / Kaiarataki Toi;

(s) not engaging in any activity while contracted to Taki Rua that jeopardises or detracts from the quality of their work or contravenes the Taki Rua values.

To be successful in this role:

  • You have demonstrated experience in producing of small and large scale projects.
  • You have an awareness of, and ideally competency in, te ao Māori environments, coupled with a recognition of the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • You are a collaborative team member, with the ability to think creatively and proactively.
  • You have excellent communication, relationship management, and interpersonal skills.
  • You are digitally savvy including advanced knowledge of Microsoft software, budgeting software and CRM platforms and ticketing platforms.
  • You will hold at least a class 1 full drivers licence.

What we can offer

  • An exciting, inclusive and supportive working environment.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Development opportunities with te reo Māori and tīkanga Māori.
  • Various professional development opportunities.
  • A genuine flexible working environment.


How to apply

Please email if you have any questions.

Applicants for this position are required to be vaccinated and have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. 

Within your cover letter please let us know;

  • how much notice you need to give your current employer and;
  • whether you have a full class 1 drivers license and your software, budgeting and ticketing platforms experience

Please apply via and attach your curriculum vitae and cover letter expressing your interest before 11pm Thursday 20 January 2022.

A shortlist will be selected to interview. Interviews will take place between Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th February 2022.

Written by

Taki Rua Productions

23 Dec 2021

NEW ZEALAND'S FOREMOST MĀORI THEATRE COMPANY. Taki Rua produce, commission and develop theatre with a distinctively Māori voice. We collaborate with the brightest voices in our industry, touring productions both locally and internationally.