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Kaipoipoi Rākau Roroa Project Lead, Deaf Community

Kaipoipoi Rākau Roroa Project Lead, Deaf Community

Kai – performing a role of…

Poipoi – nurturing others so they may flourish

Rākau Roroa represents a strong standing tall tree and the role title ‘Kaipoipoi’ recognises that tall trees must start from small seeds that when nurtured and cared for will one day flourish.

  • 30 hours per week, Part-Time (Mon – Fri)
  • 9 month fixed term contract; ASAP start
  • Preference for Auckland based candidates, Open to remote working applications from candidates outside Auckland.


Ko wai te whānau nei – Who are Changing Minds?

We are a whānau first and foremost. We believe in upholding, protecting and nurturing the mana and potential of all Tāngata Mātau ā-wheako – people with personal experience of recovery from mental health and/or addiction, right across Aotearoa.

We are a national not-for-profit organisation that is committed to ‘living’ our whanaungatanga – connection, identity and purpose within te Tiriti o Waitangi for the hauora – wellbeing of all Aotearoa and providing a space for all our staff to enhance and express their own cultural confidence and connection.

We also pride ourselves in being operated entirely by those who have navigated their own lived experience who now stand tall as living examples of what is possible when we recognise and embrace our experiences as taonga – sign of the potential we all hold to influence greater hauora. They work in the broad area of Hauora services, advocacy, human rights, and health policy, and they collect, articulate, and activate the strategic voice of lived experience.

Kaupapa – The project

The Rākau Roroa project is Changing Minds’ national Lived Experience Leader’s initiative, which trains and supports a growing network of people who want to use their personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery to inspire others. By the end of the training, Rākau Roroa enables people to tell their own story and to champion positive mental health messages in their communities.

We have developed an online course using Moodle, with the support of external partners, to turn the kanohi ki te kanohi - face to face training into an online platform. We are set to deliver some of these courses over the coming months and have secured funding to develop and deliver a tailored course to the Deaf community, which will include some co-design.

Te kōwhiringa – The opportunity

We are looking for someone to join our whānau to ensure the kaupapa is completed in a way that not only upholds its mana, but also the mana of those who matter most; the Tāngata Mātau ā-wheako across Aotearoa.

Being responsible for managing the day to day logistics of programme delivery, including reporting, maintaining timelines, co-design and some stakeholder engagement and building strong connections with our Tall Tree community.

He kai kei ōu ringa – Your skills and potential

Mātau ā-wheako - You will be someone with personal lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction and recovery and possess the confidence to use and tell your own story safely for the purposes of connection and education. You will be someone that has worked with or is part of the Deaf community, with developed relationships and a deep understanding of Deaf culture.

Kia ū ki te Tiriti o Waitangi – You will be willing and committed to understanding and embracing your own connection to te Tiriti and how that supports your mahi.

Mahi tahi – Being a whānau player is crucial; we work as one team, with the team, for the people.

Arotahi ki te kaupapa - Strong project management skills, knowledge, and experience (including Gantt charts, annual and strategic planning, reporting writing and logistics)

Whanaungatanga - exceptional relationship management and interpersonal skills

Whai ariari - Superior communication, problem solving, and analytical capabilities coupled with sound judgement and a high level of initiative with effective planning, co-ordination and organisational abilities. Proficiency in NZSL, and/or confidence to communicate through interpreters preferred.

Matatau ki te ao hangarau - Strong technical/IT abilities

Applications close: 5.00pm on Monday 9th May 2022

Applications to: operations@changingminds.org.nz