Six-month paid internship: Storyteller

Do you want to use your creative powers for positive impact? This is for you!

3 min readNov 26, 2019

Are you a storyteller? Do you enjoy weaving narratives together in ways people can understand and be inspired by?

ActionStation is an independent, not-for-profit, community action group. Our mission is to tautoko and whakamana people to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create an Aotearoa that truly serves people and Papatūānuku, and honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We campaign for:

  • Affordable, warm, dry homes for all;
  • A liveable income for all, including those on income support;
  • Clean water, healthy rivers and climate action;
  • Decarceration: Moving toward a 2040 without prisons and only wellness centres;
  • Devolution: The Crown sharing power and resources equitably with iwi, hapū and Māori.

From Feb/March — July/August 2020 (depending on your availability) ActionStation is offering a six-month paid internship for a Storyteller at 16 hours per week at $25 per hour.

Your focus will be on amplifying, creating or coordinating digital content that:

  • Promotes a decolonised and re-indigenised Aotearoa New Zealand through real-life stories and tangible examples that relate to our campaign focus areas (listed above);
  • Helps to reverse negative stereotypes about Māori by sharing and creating mana-enhancing content with the ActionStation community via social media and our mailing list of 360,000;
  • Provides people with hope and inspiration to be a part of a movement working toward constitutional transformation as outlined in Matike Mai.

You will have some skills in at least one of the following, though not necessarily professionally:

  • Writing;
  • Photography;
  • Graphic design;
  • Filming and/or video editing;
  • Social media content creation (e.g. Instagram stories, memes);
  • Podcasting.

And we will support you to gain new skills in:

  • Campaign strategy and design;
  • Community and digital organising;
  • Media wrangling;
  • Digital fundraising.

You would be jointly managed by ActionStation’s Director (Laura O’Connell Rapira) and Community Organiser (Kassie Hartendorp), and together we will develop a work plan that enables you to learn from us and for us to learn from you.

We will introduce you to others in the NGO and community sector so that you can gain connections for future full-time employment opportunities. This may also lead to ongoing work with ActionStation, though that is funding dependent.

We will also introduce you to kaupapa Māori, Hauora and Tiriti-based organisations and practitioners to help you with story and content creation. You may already know some of the kinds of stories you want to tell and with who. This position is flexible in terms of the medium(s) used for content and delivery as the strategy and engagement plan will be based around who gets the role.

Hours: 16 hours per week with flexible working hours.
Rate: $25 an hour.
Location: Preferably Wellington but Auckland also considered. Some travel may be required.

To apply:

Please send a CV, cover letter and some examples of your creative work (e.g. a portfolio, a piece of writing, a website, a video) to with the subject line “Application: Paid Internship” by 5 pm on 21 January 2020. Please send the CV and cover letter as PDF documents with your first and last names in the file name.

Interviews will take place in late January/early February with the successful candidate starting in late February or early March depending on your availability.

We welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalised communities bring to our organisation, and encourage Māori, young people, women, people of colour, people identifying as LGBT+ or takatāpui, and people with disabilities to apply. We recognise that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each person.




Community campaigning organisation bringing people together to act in powerful and coordinated ways to create a fair and flourishing Aotearoa for all.