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Toi Māori Aotearoa
2 Sep 2022
Work type
Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Toi Maori


Māori Arts Internship Programme (MAI) – Toi Māori Aotearoa

He Taurima o Toi Māori – Toi Māori Intern

Taurima - care for, foster, adopt.

We are calling for TWO Host Organisations to take on an intern each, commencing January 2023 to June 2023.

What is the MAI Programme? The MAI programme aims to develop future Māori arts managers, professionals and producers, to support the Māori arts infrastructure, and establish pathways for emerging Māori who wish to embark on a career in the arts. 

We are now inviting expressions of interest from organisations that are able to provide the best possible learning environment for our interns.

These interns are keen to build careers in arts administration and management.



Organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a dedicated, senior staff member who can mentor the intern and oversee their work during their 20-week, full-time internship
  • Be able to provide appropriate skills development, mentoring and pastoral care for the intern
  • Be a New Zealand-based arts and cultural organisation, for example festivals, theatres or dance companies, performing arts venues, archives and art galleries. (Schools and education organisations are not eligible to be hosts).
  • Submit a position description clearly outlining the capabilities that are required for the role, and the key tasks and outcomes that are to be achieved by the intern when undertaking the role.
  • Be aware of the Health and Safety Act 2015 and must have health and safety policies and procedures within their own organisations.
  • Must have a Covid19 risk management plan in place to adapt to changing alert levels.

It would be advantageous, if the intern is able to work on a kaupapa Māori event or project during their tenure.

​The Māori Arts Internship (MAI) Programme is supported and funded by Creative New Zealand.

How to apply


Each organisation must submit the following information when applying for the programme:

  • A completed Expression of Interest Form which outlines the core requirements to be MAI Programme Host.
  • A position description that outlines the core capabilities, key tasks and outcomes for the intern’s role.

Please feel free to attach additional documents to support your Expression of Interest.


Important Dates

Host Applications Closing Date:                 02 Sep 2022

Host Interview Dates:                                  12 – 16 Sep 2022

Confirmation of Host Organisations:         23 Sep 2022

Call for Intern Applications:                        26 Sep 2022

Intern Applications Closing Date:               21 Oct 2022

Intern Interview Dates:                                07 – 11 Nov 2022

Placement period:                                         16 Jan – 02 Jun 2023*

                                                                        *(dates may vary slightly)

Location:                                                       Nationwide - New Zealand


*Please note that you will need to ensure that you are available during the interview dates and placement dates.


To apply, email the above information to Mayet Regala Rigg at

Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 02 Sep 2022

For further information check the FAQ’s on our website -, or contact Mayet Regala Rigg at or 04 801 7914 ext 701.

Written by

Toi Maori Aotearoa

15 Aug 2022

Interests Toi Māori aspires to be the organisation of first choice for all matters relating to contemporary Maori art.