Collections Archivist – Kaiatawhai Taonga (Utaina)

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 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 span 120 years and encompass films, radio, television, sound recordings and documents. 

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

He nui ngā kaupapa whakaharahara kei mua i te aroaro mō Ngā Taonga i tēnei wa. 

Ngā Tūranga: The Roles

We are looking to appoint two Collections Archivists - Kaiatawhai Taonga, to join our Utaina project team. These roles are responsible for processing collection items that have been selected for digitisation to ensure their preservation for future generations. The roles involve working with legacy video and audio tape, transferring information to track the items and assisting with packing, dispatch and receipt. The roles are fixed term, and are based at Ngā Taonga’s premises in Motutawa/Avalon in Lower Hutt.

Ko tāu: What you bring

You will be interested in working with heritage collection items and/or audiovisual media. You will enjoy working methodically and accurately, as well as working with a team sharing a variety of tasks. You will be able to spend a proportion of the day working on your feet, helping to retrieve and pack collection items. You will have experience working with information technology, including spreadsheets for gathering and storing data. 

Ideally you will be familiar with archival or collection management principles. You will demonstrate an understanding of tikanga, as it relates to handling taonga, and you will understand the importance of documentary heritage and its preservation. This work is rewarding because you will play a pivotal role in preserving audiovisual records of value and making them accessible to people now and into the future.

Ko ngā whiwhinga mōu: What we offer 

  • be a part of a kaupapa-centred organisation that truly values its 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

Download the Job Description and Application Form. To discuss the role you can contact Kate Roberts on 029 777 2929 or at To submit your application send your cover letter, CV and application form to

Applications close on Friday 10 June 2022 at 5pm

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