Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Senior Archivist – Repository | Kaiatawhai Matua - Pātaka Taonga

Ngā Taonga is the audiovisual archive for Aotearoa New Zealand and an independent Charitable Trust committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This is an opportunity to join an organisation passionate about caring for and sharing the precious taonga in the collection ensuring all New Zealanders will be able to know their history and connect with their cultural identity.

What’s in it for you?

  • A flexible working environment including working 32.5 hours per week full-time and some working from home.
  • An environment that cares deeply about saving and sharing New Zealand’s audiovisual heritage.
  • Working with people who are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their passion and knowledge with others.
  • Working in an organisation that values equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Salary: $74,380.95 - $87,507.00 + superannuation

The role will see you:

  • Be responsible for the delivery of physical retrievals across service-level support and special projects with the support of the Manager Facilities and Repository.
  • Carry out project-based, specific accessioning, rights clearance, re-housing and cataloguing tasks across both backlogs and new collection items.
  • Ensure the appropriate housing, physical safety and security of collections through the maintenance of archival environments and in adherence to archival standards of storage, handling and logistics. 
  • Contribute to the development of collection handling, movement and access procedures in line with agreed collection management practices, and to the development of tikanga around collection care, movement and handling
  • Improve location control data and systems for the Archive’s physical holdings.
  • Support large-scale collection movements and lead collection searches, vault mapping exercises and audits

About you

We’re looking for someone who is excited by the idea of joining the Repositories and Facilities team to improve our physical collection care, including future housing, safety and security. A strong prior knowledge of archival standards for storage, handling, access and logistics are therefore integral to success in this role. As an experienced Archivist, you will provide thought leadership and assist in training & mentoring your colleagues, as well as coordinating collection audit and survey efforts across Ngā Taonga repository spaces.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Five or more years’ experience working with archival material. 
  • Experience with audio-visual formats, carriers equipment and technologies.  
  • Experience in accurately recording technical and descriptive metadata.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • The ability to operate with discretion and integrity.  
  • Experience in maintaining collection and vault security.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to archival ethos, practice and standards.  
  • A high standard of relationship management and communication.  
  • Comfort operating in a tikanga / Kaupapa Māori environment.  
  • Experience in Microsoft Office suite.   
  • Full NZ Drivers’ Licence.

About Us

We are an independent Charitable Trust with 80+ kaimahi that are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and protecting our precious taonga, while recognising multiple world views. We have been working with our kaimahi towards an improved structure to meet our organisational goals. If you are interested in joining our kaimahi, keep an eye on our Career’s page for opportunities arising throughout the year.

How to apply

If this opportunity interests you, please submit your CV and cover letter here.

For access to the Position Description see role here. You are also welcome to reach out to our People Practice team for more information at  

Applications close on midnight Monday 5 June 2023.

Please note that applications will be assessed as we are advertising so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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