Mātanga Kaiwhakatauira



    ‘ĀKAU Mātanga Kaiwhakatauira’ is an opportunity for an experienced architect or architectural designer to contribute to the ĀKAU kaupapa while learning new skills and mātauranga to fill up their kete and creative practice.

    Full or part-time. Preferably based in the Kaikohe office but could discuss options of being based at remote office, with approximately a quarter of the time, in Kaikohe, Te Taitokerau. Renumeration subject to experience. Start ASAP.

    ĀKAU strives to empower taitamariki around Aotearoa to become connected, creative learners. We help taitamariki recognize and harness the creativity of their tupuna by involving them in tangible projects that have real impact for taitamariki, their whānau and their community.


    This role is for an experienced architect or architectural designer to help develop architectural design projects alongside the ĀKAU team and taitamariki that we engage with. The successful person will have a high-level of design conceptualisation and the ability to deliver a variety of projects through to a completed tangible outcome. Within this role the successful person will also be required to tautoko and upskill less experienced members of the team, as well as contribute the ĀKAU kaupapa as required.


    We engage taitamariki in the design of our projects so as a designer you will need to be passionate about developing taitamariki concepts through to completion. We see this as a mutually beneficial process where we learn from each other for the benefit of the kaupapa! Other design objectives include:

    • Architectural design & documentation for a range of projects

    • Interpreting and developing concepts initiated by taitamariki

    • Responsibility for communicating with clients and onsite liaison

    • Ensuring design outputs are to a high standard

    • Creating/ overseeing the creation of project presentation material

    • Providing design inspiration for ĀKAU Kaimahi


    • Support ĀKAU Leaders! (our young design leaders) to increase their design, technical and project-related skills.

    • Mahitahi! Work collaboratively with our team as well as our extended whānau.

    • A commitment to improve matauranga and practice of Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

    • Willingness to commit to ĀKAU Facilitation training


    • Strong communication skills, presentation, oral and written

    • Passion for design, youth and community

    • Competent in CAD software

    • Competent in Adobe software

    • Tertiary level qualification (BAS, BArch, MArch, etc)

    • Architect or LBP registration desirable but not essential

    • Experience in, or passion to develop Te Ao Māori knowledge

    • Innovative approach to problem solving

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

    • Commitment to on-going professional development

    • NZ Resident or valid work visa

    • Full Clean NZ License and reliable vehicle/transport to get to work

    • Good time management!

    • NB: Applicants will be subject to NZ Police Vetting in line with ‘Vulnerable Children’s legislation


    To enquire or to apply please contact Ana Heremaia. We’d love to hear about what you’re passionate about and some examples of your previous mahi and experiences. ana@akau.co.nz or 021 0291 9799