Attendance & Engagement Officer

The overall purpose of this role is to work in partnership with local schools and kura to address students’ absenteeism, and work closely with ākonga and their whānau to provide wrap-around support to assist them with their return to school/kura and/or an education institute.

These schools/kura include:

  • Kerikeri High School
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whangaroa
  • Bay of Islands International Academy
  • Kaeo School
  • Kerikeri Primary School
  • Matauri Bay School
  • Riverview School
  • Te Kura o Hato Hohepa Te Kamura
  • Totara North School
  • Whangaroa College

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support schools, communities and whānau to turn around irregular and moderate absence patterns before they become engrained.
  • Collaborate with hapū and iwi, Māori and Pacific community leaders, stakeholders, and governance groups to identify absence drivers and devise effective countermeasures.
  • Support data analysis, enhancing understanding and decision-making within the school communities.
  • Identify and promote actions that augment attendance, prioritizing practices that are culturally sensitive and inclusive.
  • Assist communities and schools in implementing efficient processes and systems that encourage collaboration and respect for Māori agency and authority at every level of decision-making.
  • Foster trust and connection across communities through sustainable, impactful strategies.

Essential Skills & Experience:

The ideal candidate must be familiar with our local community, iwi and schools. They should possess a profound understanding of the importance of regular school attendance and the key drivers of irregular absences.

Key competencies include collaborative working, confidence in data analysis for decision-making, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to build trusting, productive relationships and partnerships and a proficiency in te reo me onā tikanga Māori.


This is a fixed-term contract (starting as soon as possible through until December 2025). This is a full-time position, 35 hours per week Monday to Friday, with four weeks’ holiday per annum.

If you are passionate about making a difference and are deeply committed to the work and the people we serve, we would love to hear from you.

Applicants must be eligible to work in NZ, have a full driver’s license and will undergo police vetting.

To apply, visit SEEK and be sure to attach a Cover Letter and CV with your application. Applications close 5pm on Friday, 7 July 2023.

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