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Media Whizz


Abbeyfield Wanaka


Marketing & Communications




Wānaka, Hāwea

Abbeyfield was established in Aotearoa in 1992 and its housing model is tried and tested internationally. There are currently 14 Abbeyfield houses in New Zealand providing a home to 161 residents. Abbeyfield houses are also an affordable option for people with limited assets and income.

There are many people whose housing options in retirement are limited in Wanaka. In a 2023 survey of over 65s in Wanaka a definite need was
proven. So, in late 2023 a steering committee of five was established. They are now seeking someone to help with the next stage – raising funds to build the house.

The other five members of the committee bring skills/experience in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Affordable Housing Development
  • Local Council Representative
  • Qualified Social worker (Elderly specialist)
  • Qualified Nurse with Care Home experience
  • Researcher in later life and wellbeing

As Media Whizz you will:

  • Have a vision for raising the profile of Abbeyfield Wanaka in the community.
  • Employ your skills in media and marketing to get as much exposure for the project as possible.
  • Have a certain level of autonomy to apply your input and expertise to complement the existing skills in the committee

Role tasks include:

  • Organising media releases, interviews, social media pages.
  • Being responsible for the maintenance of any media designed and activated.
  • Attending steering group meetings (roughly once a month)
  • Being the front face of press releases and media communication if needed
  • Collaborating with other volunteers to ensure a successful result

The whole project will take 3-4 years so forward planning will be important. The impact this will have on the elderly community of Wanaka will be both immediate, and long lasting.


  • Experience in media and marketing
  • Understanding of relationship building with key stakeholders
  • Genuine interest in the wellbeing of elderly in the community
  • Ability to engage with the community and other volunteers
  • Desire to work collaboratively with a motivated committee

Time commitment

As you deem required plus attendance at monthly meeting. The meetings are held on a Tuesday or Thursday once a month at 10am or 2pm for approx 75 minutes.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

Ref: 2591

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