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Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti - more Mean Mahi

Are you familiar with Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti? Their kaimahi work in town and in rural and East Coast communities, supporting community groups to meet their own community aspirations. You may have read here about their proactive and industry-leading wellness initiatives to support work-life balance among their staff. Their organisational vision is “Ka topa te manu ki te rangi - expanding horizons for an active, healthy, connected Te Tairāwhiti” and their work reflects our diverse community and the many ways we define “active, healthy and connected.”

Sometimes communities want help to put on quality events or grow or re-establish their sports clubs. Sometimes schools and kura want to do more to connect their tamariki to the local awa in order to test water quality, eradicate pests, and learn how to be good kaitiaki/guardians of their taiao. Sometimes a group wants to learn about nutritious kai that is easy and accessible for their community. In those cases and many more, there’s a Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti kaimahi in the wings supporting that group with resources, admin support, or people power.

Our community is brimming with people passionate about making our corner of the world better, happier, and healthier, and we like to think that our readers are more passionate than most. At the moment there are two opportunities to join Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, an organisation committed to supporting the well-being of our communities and their own staff. We think there’s a great match out there just waiting to happen. Read below for brief descriptions of the roles and follow the links to apply.

The first position is a senior leadership role, Kaiārahi Hapori / Community Lead – 40 hours

The right person has a passion to lead teams and bring out the best in people as they work alongside communities to achieve great outcomes through the power of sport, active recreation, and health.

This is an opportunity to have a true impact and to shape the direction of well-being initiatives across our region. This Kaiārahi Hapori / Community Lead needs to be an experienced leader with an inclusive leadership style, someone who can see the bigger picture and is flexible in their approach. An excellent communicator, with knowledge of the diverse communities in Te Tairāwhiti, and who can build and maintain strong relationships.


As a vital member of the Senior Leadership Team, this pivotal role will provide leadership for Sport

Gisborne Tairāwhiti through the implementation of key programmes, initiatives, and services that support the wellbeing of communities in the region and reduce the inequities that stop people from being able to participate in healthy activities.

The role will be responsible for the effective leadership of two teams – Active Communities and Ngā Manu Taupua - who between them support quality play, active recreation, sport and health initiatives through a community-led approach. The role also requires the development and maintenance of strong meaningful relationships with a range of key stakeholders and community organisations.

The other position is Intermediate/Senior Accountant & Client Manager – 30-40 hours with flexibility


This role is the over-arching support for our Taupua Tairāwhiti team. You will apply your top-notch accounting knowledge and client management and organisational skills, and ultimately strengthen the Not-For-Profit sector in the Tairāwhiti Region. 

Taupua Tairāwhiti exists within Sports Gisborne Tairāwhiti to strengthen Not for Profit operations in Tairāwhiti such as sporting and recreation codes and clubs, community organisations, and marae. There is widespread demand for a local support system for our sector and we are looking for a special someone with a heart for helping and the skills to deliver accounting support. Taupua Tairāwhiti is managed by a small team and works to provide the following key services: 

  • Financial Management and Accounting Support

  • Administration assistance and compliance

  • Communications and Marketing Support 

  • Funding Application advice and assistance

  • Central Point of Contact for Not-For-Profit support in the region. 

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a team who deliver fit-for-purpose support services that can meet the needs of Not-For-Profit groups who wish to strengthen their systems, compliance and financial management for long term sustainability. It is a diverse role that will suit an ‘out of the box’ thinker, who is a strong and organised administrator with intermediate/senior level accounting knowledge and enjoys intellectually challenging work that will ultimately help hundreds of people. There will be regular task-based work such as Xero file management, GST return preparation and filing, and financial management work; you will be the lead Point of contact for clients and be the glue that binds the team together. 


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