Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

 Director - Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History

Aratoi collects, holds, preserves, and presents art, Taonga Māori, heritage objects, history and culture on behalf of the Wairarapa region and its visitors. 

Aratoi is recognised as kaitiaki of Wairarapa’s most important arts and cultural treasures. Our Museum aims to inspire and enrich our communities, and enhance understanding of the world through our collection, our people and the stories we share.

We are looking to appoint a hands-on Director to lead a motivated team of seven.

The successful applicant will be a peoples’ person with a great understanding and appreciation of museums and collections.  

The Director will continue to strengthen Aratoi’s role within the wider fabric of the Wairarapa and Aotearoa.

The Director will grow Aratoi’s position as the cultural heart of the Wairarapa and as a key tourism destination by collecting and preserving art and taonga.  It partners with communities by providing quality exhibitions, programmes and education services. 

The Director will work with iwi to ensure and maintain best practice in Tikanga Māori and kaitiakitanga consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Existing stakeholder relationships will be strengthened, new partnership ventures will be sought, and commercial opportunities explored. 

To be successful as a truly hands-on Director, you will need: 

•    Substantial experience of working within a museum or art gallery in a collections focused role
•    Leadership skills and experience, with excellent facilitation skills and the ability to bring people together
     and develop positive relationships
•    Experience in developing exhibitions
•    Experience in securing funding, and other sustainability activity 
•    A proven capacity for effective and positive communication
•    Experience in project management, including an understanding of time and resource planning and
•    The ability to work effectively under pressure, with highly organised work and time-management
     practices, attention to detail and strong multi-tasking skills
•    A proven ability to work as part of a team and develop and maintain relationships with museum
     stakeholders and communities
•    Well-connected within Aotearoa’s arts and cultural sector
•    Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori would be beneficial, and a clear understanding of the principles
     and practice of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi as they apply to museums
•    A tertiary qualification in a related field (eg. Museum Studies, Art History, History) would be an advantage
•    Previous use of Vernon Collection software package would also be ideal.

Although this is a permanent role, we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements with interested candidates.

To discuss this amazing opportunity, please email the Chair of Aratoi Regional Trust - David Moriarty at and visit

Applications close on 20 June 2022.

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