Looking for our next Kaiwāwahi | Editor!

We’re on the hunt for a wonderful new Kaiwāwahi to join the Pantograph Punch and lead our editorial vision. Could that be you?

We’re on the hunt for a wonderful new Kaiwāwahi to join the Pantograph Punch and lead our editorial vision. This person has their finger on the pulse and a passion for the arts, and writing. This person will be able to warmly support a broad range of writers, and sustain our readers by bringing a new and electric editorial voice to the tīma. Our coverage lies across a range of art forms, so whether your heart lies in theatre, visual arts or literature, we’d love to hear from you.

Our current Kaiwāwahi editor role is a part-time role of 0.6 FTE (24 hours a week), calculated at 70k pro-rata. This role has the potential to grow in terms of hours and pay.

A full job description is available below. We especially encourage applications from candidates who bring their own unique cultural knowledge to their work, and can demonstrate their commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to platforming under-represented voices in Aotearoa.

To apply for this role, please send through:

  • A relevant CV including work history and examples of editorial experience
  • A short cover letter that introduces yourself, your editorial vision for The Pantograph Punch and explains why you are a strong candidate for the role.

Applications are due on Friday 19th August, 11:59pm.

Start date: Ideally our Kaiwāwahi will begin work in September 2022, although this can be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Shortlisted applicants are expected to be available for interview, and to provide referees upon request.

Applications, and any pātai, related to this role can be emailed to: Tiamani Poari Tuarua | Board Co-chair Lana Lopesi to [email protected]


Job Status: 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week)

Rate: $42,000 per annum (equivalent to $70,000 pro-rata)

Reporting to: The Pantograph Punch Trust Board

The Pantograph Punch is an online arts journal based in Aotearoa, and a leading producer of arts and culture publishing from a wide range of culturally unique perspectives.

Over the next three years, our editorial strategic priorities include: strengthening our commitment to upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, deepening the diversity of perspectives we publish, broadening the geographic spread of our coverage, and publishing excellent, on-the-pulse innovative issues that broaden the landscape of Aotearoa arts journalism.

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 Kaiwāwahi – Editor will:

  • Develop and lead the editorial vision of The Pantograph Punch
  • Lead the production of bimonthly issues including commissioning, developing, and publishing writers’ work
  • Liaise with and manage editorial staff
  • Ensure our artistic objectives and funding priorities are met

The key tasks involved in this role include:

Commissioning, developing and publishing work:

  • Commissioning writing
  • Overseeing submissions and pitches
  • Working with writers to guide pieces from inception to draft to publication
  • Ensuring diverse coverage in terms of form, geographical spread, and voices
  • Contributing as a writer where appropriate

Operational activities:

  • Uploading content to the site
  • Updating the style guide when needed
  • Managing the editorial budget
  • Reporting to the board (on a quarterly basis) on editorial performance
  • Working with the Communications Manager to align marketing strategies for each published piece, and bi-monthly issue, ensuring the overall marketing strategy aligns with the editorial vision and voice

People management

  • Managing editorial staff
  • Quarterly reviews with editorial staff
  • Hiring new editorial staff where appropriate
  • Managing relationships with writers and other freelance contributors (i.e. illustrators, copyeditors)

Special activities may include:

  • Delivering occasional writing workshops
  • Other tasks with core staff (i.e. Director, Partnerships Manager) that support the overall vision of The Pantograph Punch
  • Applying for grants and funding for specific editorial projects

The Candidate

Our preferred candidate will have a bold vision with a strong idea of the kinds of conversations they would like to be leading. We hope to see:

  • Solid writing, publishing and editorial experience
  • Demonstrable broad 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

Mentoring and development opportunities will be made available to support the successful candidate into the role, and The Pantograph Punch board commits 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.

Please note that much of this work is undertaken remotely – with applicants from anywhere in Aotearoa welcome to apply.

Header image design by Anastasia Burn, whose role is funded through the Public Interest Journalism Fund.

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