The Open Polytechnic Kuratini Tuwhera is New Zealand’s specialist provider of distance learning, from certificate to diploma and degree level, and is internationally recognised in its field. We strive to support vocational lifelong learning and national development goals through innovation and excellence in open, flexible learning. Each year we help around 30,000 learners gain the skills they need for their current or future careers.

In the School of Health and Social Sciences, Te Kura Hauora, Putaiao Papori we are developing a Bachelor of Library and Information Studies (LIS) that is now available nationwide, as well as a range of associated qualifications. Four transformational principles shape the distinctiveness of this degree and ensure our graduates will be able to:

  1. Enable, empower, and inspire people, communities and organisations to create new knowledge and reach their potential and aspirations, through library and information services and programmes
  2. Recognise, value and work with Te Ao Māori and indigenous knowledge paradigms
  3. Ensure continued availability of information and knowledge resources by applying evidence-based practice and national and international standards to the collection, organisation and management of physical and digital media
  4. Champion core information ethics and values, including advocating for intellectual freedom and open, equitable access to information.

We now seek Māori Practitioners to assist in the delivery of LIS504: Te Ao Maori in the Information Environment by supporting learners, including Māori, with the assessment of a range of learning activities relating to Te Ao Māori and the marae as a significant cultural space to Māori. Our learners are located throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and there are multiple positions available.

Practitioners will work under contract and be required to meet one-to-one with a learner to support their completion of assessment activities. You will be required to attend a hui of up to 3 hours with a learner kanohi ki te kanohi, or via Skype or telephone. The first hui is scheduled for the last week of March 2018. A second hui will take place later in the year.

In this role you will be assessing learner skills and knowledge using te reo Māori and the ability of the learner to complete activities related to mihimihi, pepeha, karakia, waiata and poroporoaki.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Knowledge of tikanga Māori and be a confident speaker of te reo Māori
  • Ability to communicate effectively in te reo Māori and English
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly establish rapport with learners
  • Ability to assess learners in aspects of Te Ao Māori and academic writing
  • Patience and a genuine interest to promote Te Ao Māori
  • Access to ICT including internet, computer and telephone / mobile phone

LIS504: Te Ao Maori in the Information Environment is closely linked to the LIANZA Body of Knowledge Cluster 6/Body of Knowledge 11. Taking up this opportunity may also strengthen your own position within the ‘Leadership’ domain in Body of Knowledge Cluster 5.

Please send your CV and a cover letter indicating your interests, expertise and availability to Pam Bidwell

Please state within your application the hours and times of your availability during the last week of March 2018. Successful applicants will also be required to attend a short online briefing session. Applications for this EOI close Friday 16 March 2018.

For contract queries contact Pam Bidwell

For queries regarding duties contact Tracy Maniapoto