Curator Contemporary Voices and Archives

Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Ni hao, Namaste, Salaam, Selam and Hello!   

  • Lead the development of a new collecting area and build relationships to address the silences in our national archival record. 
  • This is a newly established curatorial role in the Alexander Turnbull Library focusing on contemporary New Zealand and the Pacific. 
  • Help design what the future of contemporary, community driven, and participatory collecting at the Alexander Turnbull Library will look like. 
  • Be part of a holistic system, working collaboratively to improve the representation of all New Zealanders, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in the Library’s collections. 

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced cultural heritage professional to join the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Curatorial Services Team. In this role you will work collaboratively with staff across the Turnbull Library and the National Library to progress the Library’s contemporary and proactive collecting activities. 

You will be empowered to lead efforts to identify and bring in new collections about people, communities, events, and activities that have been under or unrepresented in the Turnbull’s collections to date. 

This could look like: 

  • Proactive collecting projects 
  • Community archives training or post-custodial projects 
  • Developing a new participatory community collection 
  • Something else entirely 

To be successful in the role you will have: 

  • The talent to communicate effectively with wide-ranging audiences and communities 
  • Experience working with cultural heritage collections in a Library, Archives or similar organisation 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and engagement with archival theories and principles, as well as current practices for appraisal and collection development 
  • Experience engaging or working effectively with community partners 
  • The ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with your team, the wider business, and documentary heritage sector colleagues  

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library of New Zealand and sits within the Information and Knowledge Services branch, the Department’s epicentre of information management, culture and heritage. 

Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri! 
Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu 
E karanga mai ana 
Huakina mai ngā tatau o tō whare 
Kia mahi tahi tatou, kia inu ai mātou 
I Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa 

The message from the people 
Clearly asks us 
To open our doors 
So that we may work together and share the information 
Held in the National Library of New Zealand 

Credit: Bella Tarawhiti

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.   

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We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need 
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving 
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand 
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

For more information please contact: Jessica Moran on 04 460 2862 or

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