Vincents Art Workshop

Toi Ora Seeking New Director

Are you passionate about enriching people’s lives? Do you have a background in community or
access arts? Do you have understanding of or experience with the mental health sector? If you
answered yes, we want to hear from you!

Toi Ora Live Arts Trust (Toi Ora) is an arts organisation providing innovation and leadership in the field
of creativity in mental health recovery. Our aim is to bridge the gap for people who come into
contact with mental health and other support services, through the exploration of creativity as a
proven means to enhance recovery and maintain well-being. Our programme of workshops, classes,
and exhibitions support people to develop their strengths and potential in the arts in a safe,
non-institutional environment.

We are seeking a values-driven, collaborative Director with proven experience in inclusive people and
culture leadership and a sound commitment to and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to continue
a journey of organisational change and improvement with support from the Board of Trustees.

About this role

Reporting to the board, the Director will lead Toi Ora’s vision of enriching lives through creativity,
connection, and community, and contributing to the de-stigmatisation of mental health to create
positive social change. Highly skilled in operational management, including stakeholder relations,
people and culture, and strategic development, the Director will be responsible for:

● Leading an inclusive, safe organisational culture with effective communications
● Maintaining strong, effective and positive relationships with key stakeholders
● Ensuring Toi Ora provide a sustainable and engaging programme of creativity
● Ensuring the ongoing financial viability of Toi Ora
● Recommendations for and implementation of policy and systemic improvements

For a copy of a detailed Job Description, email

Toi Ora History

Toi Ora began in a small factory space above a spectacles shop in Mount Eden. It was first registered
under the Charitable Trusts Act (1957) on July 13, 1995. As Toi Ora evolved, a larger space was
needed, leading to its move to another space above a mechanic’s workshop in Arch Hill. Finally, in
August 2009, Toi Ora moved to its current location at 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn, where a long-held
dream of having its own gallery became a reality. As the Trust began to make a difference and have a
positive impact within the wider community, more funding was granted. With more space and
money for resources, Toi Ora has been able to provide an increasingly diverse programme of classes
covering the arts spectrum, and over the years, new and exciting courses continue to be introduced.
Toi Ora’s programme echoes the “five ways to well-being" model of mental health: connect, take
notice, keep learning, be active, give.

To enrich lives through creativity, connection and community

Inclusivity, Respect, Partnership, Integrity, Advocacy and Purposefulness. Toi Ora recognises the
importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, with due regards for its articles and principals.

Trust’s Purpose
Toi Ora’s purpose is to provide a participatory community to enable our beneficiaries to participate in
the creative arts so that they can develop their strengths and potential in the arts in a safe,
non-institutional and non-threatening environment and to make a positive contribution to the
community. We provide social, intellectual, artistic and creative pursuits that enrich people's lives,
and contribute to the de-stigmatisation of mental health to create positive social change.

Application Process
Please submit your expression of interest by sending a Cover Letter and your CV to Angela Suh
( In your cover letter tell us the relevant skills and experience you would bring
to this organisation. Applications close Monday 26 April at 5pm.
Please direct all enquiries and/or applications to

Organisation name: Toi Ora Live Art Trust (Toi Ora)
Organisation website:
Organisation type: Charitable Trust
Industry sector: Mental health/not for profit
Position type: Director

Toi Ora Seeking New Director

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