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Kaiatawhai Matua Taonga Māori – Senior Collections Archivist, Taonga Māori

Nei rā a Ngā Taonga e karanga atu ana ki a koe e rapu ana i te tūranga hou mōu. Tēnei mātou ngā kaipupuri i ngā taonga ataata, i ngā taonga rongorongo hoki o te motu, arā, ngā tutuku a ngā mātua tūpuna. E ngākau whakapuke ana koe ki ēnei momo kōrero tuku iho o Aotearoa? Tēnā whakapā mai ki a mātou.

Ngā Taonga is the audiovisual archive for Aotearoa New Zealand. Set up as a Charitable Trust and committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we collect, preserve, care for and share taonga that bring our nation’s history and heritage to life. Our unique collections spans 120 years and encompasses film, radio, television, sound recordings and documents.

The 70+ staff who work for us are passionate about caring for this precious taonga and their role ensuring that it’s always in safe hands. This work ensures all New Zealanders, including future generations, will be able to know their stories and connect with their cultural identity.

He nui ngā kaupapa whakaharahara kei mua i te aroaro o Ngā Taonga i tēnei wā.

Te Tūranga: The Role

We are looking to appoint a Kaiatawhai Matua Taonga Māori to join our Collection Growth team. This role is responsible for carrying out and leading prioritised, project-based accessioning, negotiations around rights clearances for our Māori broadcast collection, and supporting te reo Māori cataloguing tasks. The Kaiatawhai Matua will also work with new additions to the Taonga Māori collection.

You will lead the coordination of collecting priorities and projects related to the Archive’s relationship with Te Māngai Pāho. As well as serving potential depositors, a significant part of this role is negotiating with kaitiaki, owners and rights holders adding their taonga and kōrero to Ngā Taonga archival records.

Ko tāu:

Your proficiency in te reo Māori, your understanding of the place of tikanga in taonga Māori collection handling, and experience working with iwi Māori is essential for success in this role.

Attention to detail and accuracy is vital. This role oversees the application of archival best practice across selection and acquisition, collection housing, data and metadata management, as well as quality control.

We seek demonstrated evidence of project planning and delivery success using archival, museum or audiovisual best practice.

This work is rewarding because you play a pivotal role in appraising, researching, cataloguing and preserving Taonga Māori and other records of value that will be accessible to people now and into the future.

Ko ngā whiwhinga mōu: What we offer

  • be a part of an organisation that truly values their people.
  • belong to a great team that is doing exciting, meaningful and impactful work.
  • have opportunities to learn from your colleagues and through professional development.

Me pēnei te tono mai: Next steps

Read the Position Description and fill out an Application for Vacancy form, then send your application with CV and covering letter to

For further information or a confidential conversation about this position please email Gareth Seymour, Poutaki Taonga Māori,