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Nuku Ora - Healthy Active Learning Community Connector

It is from this whakataukī that the name Nuku Ora is derived. Nuku Ora is a concept that represents activity, movement, life, and joy. It encompasses the outcomes that we want to achieve in our region and reflects our vision of “Hauora. Everyone active, healthy, and happy.”

Nuku Ora is the independent body for physical activity in the Wellington region. We are a charitable Regional Sports Trust dedicated to improving people’s holistic wellbeing through physical activity. We work across health, education and physical activity sectors in play, active recreation, active transport, and sport.

Nuku Ora is looking for an efficient, organised, and capable person to join their Healthy Active Learning team as a Community Connector

This role is full-time and permanent, 40 hours per week.

Healthy Active Learning is a collaborative joint agency wellbeing initiative between Sport New Zealand and the Ministries of Health and Education. Healthy Active Learning supports schools and kura across Aotearoa to improve the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi through healthy eating and drinking, and quality physical activity. For more information, please see our website.


As a Healthy Active Learning Community Connector, you will:

  • Work in partnership with a cluster of Healthy Active Learning schools and their local communities to support wellbeing outcomes, through a variety of approaches tailored to their needs.
  • Support schools to create a sustainable environment that promotes quality play, sport, and physical activity.
  • Support schools to strengthen their connections with their wider community, including whānau and local health and physical activity providers.

Developing and maintaining strong meaningful relationships with schools and community providers is a critical component of this role. This will enable strong connections with the wider community such as whānau, local health and physical activity providers to ensure a connected and co-ordinated approach to health and wellbeing outcomes for our tamariki.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification that is related to Community Development, Education and/or Sport and Recreation.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating, and implementing quality play, sport and physical activity opportunities and experiences for tamaraki.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating, prioritising, and completing multiple tasks and projects to meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Experience working with schools and/or kura.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the systems, structures and operating models that underpin play, sport, and physical activity across Aotearoa.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the systems and structures that guide and influence schools and/or kura.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NZ Curriculum
  • Knowledge and understanding of how the community sport and education sectors interact to deliver play, sport, and physical activity opportunities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the holistic value of play, sport and physical activity and its contribution to the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi.
  • Knowledge of Sport New Zealand’s strategies and approaches.
  • Knowledge of the wider social and political context in which Regional Sport Trusts operate.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the Treaty of Waitangi and an understanding of what it means to uphold the mana of the Treaty and its principles of partnership, protection, and participation.
  • Hold a full, clean driver’s license.

Nuku Ora prides itself on having a fun and flexible workplace which encourages collaboration.  We are big on employee development and offer varied and challenging work.  We love to celebrate the success of our staff, our teams and our organisation.  We also love connecting as a team over morning tea or a social activity. As well as being part of a great team you will also have access to heaps of benefits, including: 2 x Wellbeing days a year, a volunteer day every year, flexible working and ongoing, comprehensive professional development. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer – we welcome applications from across communities.  

Nuku Ora is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi across our organisation and the work we do. Knowledge of, or demonstrated interest in learning, te reo Māori me ōna Tikanga would therefore be an advantage.   

Please include a cover letter and current CV in your application. A position description can be obtained on our website: www.nukuora.org.nz/vacancies/. Enquiries and applications can be directed to info@nukuora.org.nz or phone 04 380 2070.   

Applications close Friday 31 March, 2023. 

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Wairarapa Secondary Schools - Sports Director Vacancy

The Wairarapa Secondary Schools Principal's Association are searching for an energetic and forward-thinking individual to take up the position of Sports Director. The successful applicant will be able to plan, coordinate and implement intercollegiate sporting opportunities for all secondary school students in the Wairarapa.

WAISSSport is an independent body supporting Wairarapa Secondary School Sport in the Wairarapa. Established in 2021 with charitable status under the Charities Act.

In this role you will liaise with all schools and sporting bodies to continue to grow participation and engagement in sports and recreation. You will require strong skills in administration, computer literacy, communication, team building and relationship management, leadership, funding procurement and budgeting. You will be a people-person who is able to work flexible work hours and have a real passion for enhancing and developing sport and recreational activities for students.

Send your CV, application and direct any enquiries to Simon Fuller at principal@kuranui-college.school.nz
Applications close Friday 24 March 2023 at 3pm.

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Toitu Poneke Community & Sports Centre Board Vacancies

Toitu Poneke Community & Sports Centre Inc. (Toitu Poneke, or “thehub”) is a provider of social, meeting and training spaces, on Kilbirnie Park, Wellington.  With 6 significant sporting clubs making up our diverse membership (currently 1,600 people, including rugby, darts, diving, softball and netball), thehub also hosts other multiple community groups, family celebrations and corporate meetings.  Toitu Poneke also owns and operates “thehub Ltd” who manage and deliver our onsite food & beverage services.  Whilst Toitu Poneke is considered a leading hub model in New Zealand, we still have much to achieve.

Toitu Poneke are seeking strategic and innovative thinkers and doers to fill the 3 vacant positions on our Board of seven from May 2023.  An understanding of the Sport & Recreation sector would be an advantage, as well as being Community minded/connected.  Applicants will need to bring a variety of skills, knowledge and experiences, with cultural, gender and age diversity of importance to our Appointments Panel.  The term for Board members is 3 years, with the ability to serve for 2 consecutive terms.  As a Board, we meet for 2 hours every 6 -8 weeks, plus some light sub-committee work can be expected between meetings.

Please complete the invitation to apply form below and forward to rossdjamieson@gmail.com – by no later than 5pm on Friday 31 March 2023.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

Hub Board Application Form

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Listing a vacancy

If you have a sport and active recreation, health, or wellbeing focused vacancy in the greater Wellington region that you would like to advertise on this page, please email the relevant details to info@nukuora.org.nz 

Remember to include the close-off date for applications.