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We have a new leadership role on offer and are searching for an all-star manager of people and place to be our new Venue & Facilities Manager – Poutoko Matua, Taha Tinana. 

Te Pou, like all theatres and venues, has many working parts. Our whare has people and mahi that work collaboratively together, multi-limbed like the wheke, in areas such as like booking management, Box office ticketing, Food and Beverage, Front of house management, Technical & Backstage Management and the all important kaimanaaki ushering. These are the many arms of our whare, all focused on safe, structured and mana enhancing experiences.

We are looking for a body for our wheke, someone to pull the arms together, to work harmoniously and in co-operation with one another and to be guided by our kaupapa Māori approach to management.  We have an outstanding team that has an established and clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. 

Your role as the tinana of this very busy wheke is to keep the arms focused on the right tasks to reach our whainga. 

We are a warm and committed team who values whānau, learning, hauora, meaningful mahi and offer a collaborative working environment. We’re keen to chat to people who are passionate about managing and supporting people, manaakitanga and Māori performing arts. 

Position Summary

The position is responsible for the management and operation of Te Pou as a performing arts venue, in line with Te Pou Theatre’s rautaki and whainga. The role is entitled Poutoko Matua – Taha Tinana as this is a leadership role which supports the taha tinana of Te Pou. Inspired by the well known whare tapa whā model, our Poutoko Matua leaders take responsibility for the wellbeing of the four different taha of the organisation (Tinana, Whānau, Wairua, Hinengaro).

This role takes responsibility for the physical venue and oversees the front of house manager (Poutoko Tīnana – ō Mua) and back of house manager (Poutoko Tīnana – ō Muri) and their teams of around 12+ kaimahi.  This role reports to the Senior Leadership Team.    

The Mahi

This role will manage the Tīnana team. They will support the Poutoko Tīnana ō Mua to manage their front of house team to deliver mana enhancing experiences for all and our Poutoko Tīnana ō Muri team to deliver warm, professional and safe technical practices. They will facilitate the operations of the venue, take care of the needs of the building and be committed to values based and tikanga Māori based work practices.   

The mahi will include:

  • Mana enhancing management of a dynamic FOH and back of house team. 
  • Ensuring Te Pou Theatre is a safe and healthy venue to work and visit.
  • Oversee venue related budget lines, reporting to senior leadership.
  • Ensuring all venue bookings are co-ordinated smoothly.
  • Kaimanaaki for hirers and community to Te Pou Theatre.
  • Developing Te Pou Theatre systems and protocols for venue and facilities management.
  • Responsibility for the whare as a facility; including overseeing security, access and building maintenance.
  • Support with the ongoing development of Te Pou Theatre as a world class whare whakaari. 

Ideally the kaitono will bring: 

  • Competency with Te Reo Māori and an understanding of tikanga Māori.
  • Highly developed management practices and managment experience within a Māori organisation.
  • Previous experience in managing or taking care of a facility (ie. a venue, studio, marae, event centre etc.).
  • Experience with health and safety compliance.
  • Experience with developing policies and procedures.
  • An understanding of events management
  • Strategic thinking and commitment to uplifting te ao Māori.
  • Proficient in utilising various computer systems and programs for efficient task execution.
  • Experience in budget managment and meeting financial targets.
  • Demonstrated relationship managment expertise.

The Offer: Fulltime, permanent employment position.

Putea | Salary: $80,000p.a. plus 

Due to the nature of theatrical work, some evening and weekend work will be required.

How to apply:

To apply for the role, candidates must submit a cover letter outline your experience in relation to the role purpose and key accountabilities and why this position speaks to you, as well as a current CV. Applications can be sent to mahi@tepoutheatre.nz   

The full job description is available here and below. 


Applications open: 13 December 2023

Closes:  Friday 14 January 2024 

Interviews: 15 – 26 January 2024.