What is the role of a connector?

A connector will offer support, guidance, and the tools people might need to reach out to their neighbours during Neighbours Aotearoa in March. You aren’t doing the organising, instead, you will be supporting your local streets, apartment blocks, rural communities, neighbourhoods, or suburbs to connect, share and celebrate for Neighbours Aotearoa. 

Kicking off in mid-January through till mid-April, you will work closely with a small but passionate team who will support you along the way. A bespoke in-person training session will take place in January ‘23. 

This independent contractor role is a part-time position from 17 January 2023 until 15 April 2023. It is a flexible, remote-working role but you must be available for regular team meetings. 

Our ideal candidate:

Has great communication skills - able to motivate and inspire people to take part in Neighbours Aotearoa (From Councils to community groups to your neighbours!)

Be connected - Tap into your existing connections and build new connections to encourage participation in Neighbours Aotearoa 2023

Highly organised and self-motivated - able to manage your workload autonomously and get things done!

Strong geographical knowledge of your area - you know your area well - including the best approach to encourage participation

Loves a chat and can spot a good story - able to spread the Neighbours Aotearoa message as well as capture local stories and feed them back to the program team

Tasks could include:

Spread the word:

  • Work with the Lead Connector to map out your community and ways you could promote Neighbours Aotearoa. Share information to these networks and through these channels 
  • Hold information sessions (IRL or online) for your community
  • Promote Neighbours Aotearoa on your local online community platforms
  • Distribute Neighbours Aotearoa promotional materials in your community
  • Respond to local enquiries about Neighbours Aotearoa
  • Reach out to local media about Neighbours Aotearoa
  • Speak to local media on occasion about Neighbours Aotearoa
  • Be the local go-to person for any Neighbours Aotearoa related enquiries!

Supporting your community:

  • Support locals to take part - this might be offering ideas, helping people to shape their own ideas, or sharing funding opportunities
  • Make sure your networks have what they need to take part or promote Neighbours Aotearoa to their own communities - i.e a library or community group
  • Make sure events are registered with Neighbours Aotearoa so we can help spread the word!

Working with the Neighbours Aotearoa Team:

  • Capture stories, pictures and videos to send to the Neighbours Aotearoa Team of the awesome ways people are getting involved or things you’ve spotted in your community
  • Meet regularly with the Neighbours Aotearoa Team
  • Participate in a tailored 1-day Connector training (January)
  • Share ideas to grow and strengthen the Neighbours Aotearoa program
  • Support the evaluation and future planning of Neighbours Aotearoa (April)

Locations where we have Connector positions available:

  • Whangārei/Kaipara
  • Tauranga 
  • Rotorua 
  • Whakatū/Nelson

How to apply:

Send a brief video (no more than 3 minutes in length) that introduces yourself and why you would be an ideal candidate to  kiaora@neighboursaotearoa.nz Please complete the application form here

We are able to offer a payment of $30 per hour based on 7 hours per week for 13 weeks. You might do 3 hours some week and 11 hours another week, but not exceed 91 hours overall.

Have a question? Contact kiaora@neighboursaotearoa.nz