Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa's mission is to understand the past, enrich the present and meet the challenges of the future. Te Papa is more than just the national museum that houses New Zealand's treasures. It is a meeting place, a place for lifelong learning, and a place that inspires a sense of wonder and connection.

Te Papa's three values Whanaungatanga (Teamwork), Manaakitanga (Respect) and Auahatanga (Creativity) are at the centre of how Te Papa works. Working actively in the cultural sector and in partnership with iwi, Te Papa connects people, taonga and stories. Te Papa is a dynamic organisation to work for, with bold aspirations for the future.

Biculturalism is a founding philosophy and practice of Te Papa designed to explore the contribution of Māori language and culture to the life, culture and activities of the museum in small and large ways. Te Papa fosters and nurtures cross-cultural capability, the ability of people of different cultural backgrounds to interact with one another in positive and uplifting ways.

Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Humanities (0.4 FTE, fixed-term for five months)

This is an opportunity to be part of a passionate and dedicated collection care team, working with others to support the wellbeing of Te Papa's collections. This position supports the care and use of Photography collection items/taonga through the application of sound risk management and collection management practices.

Reporting to the Manager Collection Care Practice, this position sits within Collection Services, home to our Collection Care and Exhibition Services teams. The position is underpinned by the practice of Mana Taonga, and is assigned specific accountabilities aligned to the Ngā Tikanga Whakahaere Kohinga Taonga a Te Papa - Collection Care and Practice Framework.

The successful applicant will:

  • register Photography collection items/taonga, recording core information so they can be id entified, located and managed
  • store Photography collections to promote their long-term preservation
  • transit Photography collections internally and externally
  • provide assurance and inform prioritisation by confirming presence, location and condition of collection items/taonga and associated information
  • maintain accurate records in Te Papa's collection information system, EMu
  • work collaboratively and proactively with team members to prioritise work, improve efficiency, and find innovative solutions.

To be successful in the role, you'll bring:

  • a tertiary qualification in museums studies and relevant subject in humanities such as Māori or Pacific studies, art history, anthropology or geography
  • sound working knowledge of museum collection management practices and digital information management systems
  • demonstrated knowledge and compliance with health and safety protocols, permits and other regulatory requirements
  • a full driver's licence and the ability to lift 20kg
  • an awareness of cultural practices and tikanga applicable in a museum or gallery environment, and an ability to learn and practice Te reo Māori.

To apply, please provide a cover letter (no more than two pages) describing how your skills and background are a fit with the position and your ambitions for it, and a CV (no more than four pages) that details your relevant work experience.

The salary range for this position is $66,000 to $83,000 with further room for progression through the band. Offers will be made within the range to reflect the skills and experience offered by the candidate and those required of the role, and internal relativities with other employees.

This role is fixed-term and part-time (16 hours per week) and all applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand. Prior to Te Papa confirming any offer of employment, pre-employment checks will be undertaken including criminal conviction history and reference checking as a minimum.

Questions about this position can be sent to Anne Peranteau, Manager Collection Care Practice,

Applications close on Tuesday, 31 January 2023.



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