Are You Our Next Kaiwhakahaere Tūhononga | Communications Manager?

We're on the hunt for a fantastic social media savvy to join our dedicated team.

Looking at all you social media savvies, copywriters, arts lovers, Tik Tok stars and digital geeks in the room! We're on the look out for a new Communications Manager to join our smart and dedicated team.

Scroll on below for further info and a role description. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Established in 2011, The Pantograph Punch is an online arts journal based in Aotearoa, and a leading producer of arts and culture publishing.

Through thoughtful and urgent writing, we interrogate topics related to arts and culture – from literature to visual arts, music, performance, ngā toi Māori, screen and society. We're known for platforming a range of conversations about art practices in Aotearoa, and working collaboratively with writers to develop their craft and get their voices out to Aotearoa and beyond.


The Kaiwhakahaere Tūhononga | Communications Manager is a vital member of our team, being the voice of Pantograph on our socials. This role leads and develops the communications strategy for our platform. They coordinate and optimise our marketing, post up about our publishing, and execute and generate content that builds meaningful connection with new and established audiences.

We are looking for a proactive individual who has a knack for navigating the online world, loves the written word, and is keen to experiment with us across different forms of engagement. This person will be independent, flexible and happy working autonomously, and ideally will have relevant experience in similar roles (e.g. comms, media or publishing, arts administration or content production).

Our dynamic team work varied hours, and are spread across the motu.
Please note that much of this work is undertaken remotely – with applicants from anywhere in Aotearoa welcome to apply.

This role is a 0.5 FTE role (20 hours a week) role with a salary of $30,000 (equivalent of $60,000 pro rata).


To apply for this role, please send through

  • a CV outlining relevant work experience
  • A one-page cover letter explaining more about yourself, your experience, and what you're keen to cultivate for the platform.
    If you prefer other forms of introduction, a one-min video will do!

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to be available for a one-hour interview, and to provide referees upon request.

Applications are due Sunday 26th February, 11:59pm.

Start date: This is negotiable with the preferred candidate, but ideally our Kaiwhakawhaere Tūhononga can begin work from as early as March or April.

Applications, and any pātai related to this role can be emailed to: Kaitohu | Director Vanessa Mei Crofskey at


Job Title: Kaiwhakahaere Tūhononga | Communications Manager

Hours: 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)

Rate: $30,000 per annum (equivalent to $60,000 pro-rata)

Reports to: Kaitohu | Director

Our Values

  • We believe in the value of the arts and the transformative power it can have
  • We believe in supporting the development of emerging writers across Aotearoa, to sustain and enrich the quality of the critical conversations our nation is having (or not having)
  • We believe in honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the work that we do, to ensure there are safer spaces in Aotearoa for platforming in-depth kōrero around ngā toi Māori
  • We believe in showcasing the diversity of tauiwi voices that make up Aotearoa, and in amplifying voices that aren’t being heard elsewhere

Role Description

The Communications Manager works closely with the Kaitohu | Director, Kaiwāwahi | Editor and the Kaihoahoa | Designer to:

  • Coordinate and optimises The Pantograph Punch’s social media and marketing channels
  • Generate content that builds meaningful connection and engagement with new and existing audiences
  • Lead an updated communications strategy to keep improving and developing how we promote our publishing and activities
  • Manages an allocated marketing budget

Regular responsibilities include:

Social Media

  • Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Monthly Arts and Culture Calendar
  • Writes and schedules posts about publishing and other activities each week on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Keeps our social media presence warm, uplifting, funny and engaging
  • Creates ads and boosts posts to targeted audiences


  • Reads essays prior to publishing, selects quotes, and can support the team with header imagery and titles


  • Updates social media tracking spreadsheet monthly and provides brief reports to the Kaitohu
  • Retrieves statistics upon request for reports
  • Works with the Kaitiaki Pūtea | Book Keeper to file and code marketing receipts

Special Activities

  • Engages audiences in new ways e.g. experimenting with lives, reels and Tiktok!
  • Helps audiences to rediscover relevant content from our archive
  • Supports the team in other areas where helpful/required

The Candidate

Our preferred candidate will have a strong vision around how to amplify arts coverage and cultural conversations to new and existing audiences.
We hope to see:

  • Solid experience in similar positions – be that across comms, administration, media, publishing or content production
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the arts sector in Aotearoa
  • A range of networks and connections to draw from
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong digital experience (particularly with content management systems)
  • Relationship management experience, especially when working with diverse and differently abled communities
  • A shared commitment to the values that underpin our kaupapa

Even if you feel like you don't meet all of those requirements yet, we encourage you to still apply and/or drop us a line.
Mentoring and development opportunities will be made available to support the successful candidate into the role, and our kaimahi and mema poari commit to a supportive and collaborative working relationship.

Candidates should be able to clearly articulate how they either champion Tino Rangatiratanga or uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in their workplace and professional activities.

For a pdf version of the job description, please email the Kaitohu at

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The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa.

The Pantograph Punch publishes urgent and vital cultural commentary by the most exciting new voices in Aotearoa.

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