About us

Our vision and mission

Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi is woven through all of our work to build a better society.

Our vision is of an Aotearoa New Zealand where everyone has a place to belong.

Our mission is to build a social movement across the country of people, organisations and communities committed to working together to build a socially inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our whakatauki

This whakatauki was gifted to Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono by Associate Professor Dr Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato). In writing it, he was inspired by the toroa (albatross), a symbol of peace. The whakatauki tracks the toroa as it soars across the seas, to its nesting sites inland, and how it sews offshore and onshore together in its flight.

Ka hōkā a Tāhono i Uta!
Ka hōkā a Tāhono i Tai!
Ka rerea a Kōwhitiwhiti!
Ka tau ki Kōwiniwini,
Ka tau ki Kōwanawana!
Tūturu ō whiti whakamaua kia tina!
Tina! Hui e!
Taiki e!

As Tāhono soars across the seas
As Tāhono soars inland
And in leaving those places of significance in the Crossing
Alights on Kōwiniwini, on Kōwanawana (places of significance to the peoples of those spaces)
Let there be an affirming of that crossing
An affirming of the settling together
So be it!

Our values

Te Tiriti embodies the “promise of two peoples to take the best care of each other” in the best possible way (Bishop Manuhuia Bennett).

We understand that Te Tiriti o Waitangi established a set of rights and obligations and a relationship between the Crown and Rangatira, which remains in place today. It created a governance framework for the nation (kāwanatanga). It affirmed the existing rights of Tangata Whenua to self-determination (rangatiratanga). It guaranteed shared citizenship and equal rights for all (rite tahi).

Tino rangatiratanga – Seeking to understand with empathy, curiosity and respect.
This looks like – Being present in our delivery, conversations and relationships.
This sounds like – Using simple and appropriate language, diverse approaches to conversations, acknowledging difference.
This feels like – Living with respect, honour and belonging.

  1. Work together

    We believe we can achieve more working together than we can working alone; and spending time on sustaining safer relationships leads to better outcomes for all.

  2. Work with communities

    We believe working with and alongside communities in transparent ways helps to keep us honest.

  3. Work in partnership

    We value partnerships and support the growth of connections that build on and strengthen the work of others.

  4. Support Tino rangatiratanga

    We work in ways that support Tino rangatiratanga and Māori self-determination, and normalise Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.

  5. Amplify voices less heard

    We amplify voices less heard, working in culturally inclusive ways to honour diverse perspectives and experiences.

  6. Act with integrity

    We act with integrity and deliver on our promises.

  7. Value differences

    We value differences, recognise power imbalances, and seek out equitable solutions.

  8. Share resources

    We share resources to support fair representation and create equity and trust.

  9. Be flexible and reflective

    We seek to be flexible and reflective and ready to adapt as our relationships change and grow and our understanding evolves.

What we are going to do

  • Develop a national strategy for belonging and inclusion

    We will develop a national strategy for diversity and inclusion. This will bring a more coordinated approach across communities and groups working to create an inclusive society.

  • Develop constellations to foster greater community collaboration

    We will set up constellations around key focus areas relating to inclusion. Constellations are collaborative networks that support people and organisations to build cross-sector partnerships and collectively support change.

Project outcomes

  1. Reduced discrimination and improvement in the sense of belonging across Aotearoa.

  2. Communities empowered to determine solutions that work for them, implemented with the support and collaboration of other communities.

  3. Competitive environment for NGOs shifts towards greater sharing of funding, development of programmes, ideas and resources.

  4. Government engagement with civil society changes into a relationship where civil society has power and influence over matters which affect them.

  5. Funding from the state and philanthropic sector has greater impact as organisations working together have greater synergy and efficiencies.

  6. Enabling all communities to benefit from programmes and processes that are effective, and which can be developed and nurtured in regions across the country.

Key milestones

  1. Project setup

    We mapped networks, researched what is already happening and gained initial funding.

  2. Conversation

    We talked to people across the country about their experiences of belonging, and not belonging.

  3. Analysis and reporting

    We analysed what people told us and shared a report on the themes we found in what they shared with us.

  4. Strategy and mapping

    We are establishing key focus areas and mapping individuals and organisations to identify future partnerships.

  5. Constellations piloted

    We will help form and support partnerships to establish and grow constellations around the three key focus areas.

  6. Constellations scaled-up

    As our network of constellations and momentum grows and we learn together, we will identify opportunities to scale-up and achieve greater impact.

Our people

The team

Our Māori advisory team

Our volunteers

Job vacancies

Communications Co-ordinator (15 hrs per week)

Our Vision is of a collaboration of people across the country committed to building a socially inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. It is about an Aotearoa New Zealand founded on the partnership of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, that provides a place for all. To achieve this, we are developing a Belonging & Inclusion Strategy for Aotearoa, bringing diverse groups together around the powerful and beautiful concepts of connection, kinship and belonging.  IACT runs as a Te Tiriti based organisation, with co-leads.

In 2021 we will be working to develop three networks, across diverse communities, to work on implementing the Strategy.  The team will do this by organising small hui and a larger conference to develop and action work plans.

This position is responsible for managing the external and internal communications for the team, to build awareness of the organisation and its activities, advertise events and increase reach of the kaupapa.

Key responsibilities

Social Media – Management of all social media accounts. This includes:

  • Building up audience and engagement numbers
  • Regular posts to match team work plan and inclusion events/days
  • Reporting of engagement metrics for monthly board report

Newsletter – Compose and mail out monthly newsletter

  • Increase database of recipients
  • Increased engagement with newsletter
  • Manager Mailchimp account

Other Content Creation & Management

  • Create written and video content for comms.
  • Create a proactive programme of media releases and engagement
  • Update website for newsletter, media appearances, and other changes necessary

Organisational obligations

  • Take personal responsibility for health and safety and promote health and safety in any Inclusive Aotearoa Collective workplace
  • Demonstrate the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective values during both good and challenging times. Foster open dialogue and seek feedback.
  • Undertake any other duties as required to support the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective to run smoothly and effectively.


  • Good knowledge and practical understanding of Te Ao Māori and, in particular, how to consider and position our responsibilities regarding Te Tiriti in all of our actions and comms
  • Good understanding of the values and goals of Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tāhono
  • Proactive and creative
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Self-motivated and able to manage own time
  • Able to work remotely as part of a team
  • Able to be flexible and respond to a fast-changing environment
  • Good understanding of, and responsiveness to, needs of diverse community members
  • Ability to understand and manage security, health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015


  • Successful development, implementation and management of social media strategy
  • Experience in promoting an organisation and its activities through mainstream media
  • Website management and other IT skills


About the position

This is a fixed-term contractor position. As a contractor you must provide an invoice and take care of your own taxes.  You are not an employee.  The position will be a 5 month contract position for 15 hours per week, with a start date of 1 August 2021 and an expected end date of 17 December 2021

How to apply

To apply, send us your CV and covering letter (or a video) to: kiaora@inclusiveaotearoa.nz.  You can access the job description here.

The applications close on Friday, 23rd July 2021 at midday.

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