Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor

There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Te Waihanga. We’re small (but mighty) and haven’t been around long by government standards. But our job is as big as it gets, helping New Zealand get the right infrastructure, whether it’s transport connections that get us from a to b, water and power connections needed to support affordable homes, or schools and hospitals that support our communities.

All this is why we need you. We’re after someone with the communications and engagement nous to help us build our profile, and make sure our advice not only reaches the people who need to hear it, but sounds pretty good too.

To do this, you’ll be a whizz at things like:

  • Coming up with plans for how we reach people, and then putting them into action.
  • Figuring out how to make complex stuff meaningful for people who don’t already work for Te Waihanga.
  • Dealing with media. Sometimes they’ll call us, sometimes we’ll have a story to share and will be the ones getting in touch with them.
  • Giving our people advice on how to share their work with a wider audience.
  • Helping our people gather the views of others whether it’s stakeholders in infrastructure organisations, iwi or the public.
  • Writing media releases, webpages and other material in a way that makes people want to read them.

Mō te tīma / About our team

Te Waihanga is what’s called an Autonomous Crown Entity or, even better, an ACE. We think about the whole infrastructure system - roads, waterpipes, powerlines, you name it – and our job is to give advice and uncover the insights that can make it all work as well as it can, supporting an Aotearoa that’s great for the generations to come.

Our people are smart and passionate about this stuff. Sometimes too passionate - hence the need for an expert in making it accessible to others! They’re friendly and, this being a small organisation, it’s easy to work with anyone here and to have an impact. We don’t do hierarchy or stand on ceremony.

We also value our people, and it’s important to us that you feel welcome, supported, and respected.

Tono mai / How to Apply

Please take a look at the job description below and get in touch. We’d like to hear from you.

Apply below or email

Applications close at 5pm, 25 January 2022.


Te Waihanga supports the NZ Government Covid vaccination programme and requires that new employees are fully vaccinated (except for those who we accept have a genuine medical reason preventing vaccination).  To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time.

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