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Public Programmes Specialist Kaupapa Māori

Job details

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
13 Mar 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage


Calling innovative, culturally experienced and community connected Creative Producers

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, rau rangatira mā, Ko Te Papa Tongarewa tēnei, ko te whare pupuri taonga o Aotearoa e karanga atu ki a koe me ōu tini pūkenga ki te kaupapa e kī ana ko Hōtaka Tūmatawhānui. Papaki kau ana ngā tai o Te Whanganui-a-Tara, tū mārakerake mai ngā maunga kōrero, ko Pukeahu, ko Matairangi me Tangi-te-keo e karapoti nei i a mātou. E te hunga ngākau tuwhera ki tēnei momo mahi, ā, tonoa mai! kia rongo ai koe ki te wairua hihiko o te whare, ngā taonga me te whānau whānui o Te Papa.

In an exciting period of transformation and growth, Te Papa is seeking an innovative creative producer with a passion for Te Taiao to help grow kaupapa Māori within the museum's wider public programme. You will help us grow our offer for all audiences, with a special focus on working for and with iwi, hapū and whānau and communities to create meaningful opportunities to engage with Te Papa's resources and collections, and to support building our audiences.

You will work as part of our Public Programmes team to develop and deliver innovative public programmes for and with our audiences that engage with Te Ao Māori, drawing on Mātauranga Māori, iwi in residence programme, taonga and resources within Te Papa. You will draw on your experience working with iwi, hapū and whānau, managing relationships to innovate in engaging Māori audiences in new ways. You will lead on a range of kaupapa with strong support from a dedicated team. You will support our team to embed Te Aō Māori concepts within public programmes, and help develop our relationship with iwi and new audiences.

The Public Programming team comprises a range of creative producers, strongly motivated to work for and with our communities and to create space for meaningful engagement at Te Papa for a range of audiences. Our Specialists are all responsible for the creative design, development, delivery and evaluation of their programmes, with strong support for one another's kaupapa. Most programmes are delivered at Te Papa, with digital and social integration. You will also work alongside Te Papa's Māori kaimahi in curatorial, collections, exhibitions and visitor services teams.

About you

You will bring a blend of Mātauranga Māori, creative content development and logistics management to our team. You are a passionate and talented producer who brings a wide range of skills to make a real difference to the organisation and communities you work with.

You will bring the following:

  • You are an advocate for Māori communities and contributing to Mātauranga Māori. You're well versed in Te Ao Māori and Te Reo me ōna tikanga Māori
  • You bring a range of innovative engagement practices and you create participatory public experiences co-developed with community groups and practitioners
  • You are creative, innovative and skilled in supporting public engagement
  • You have strong networks and relationships in your field.
  • You enjoy developing new programmes and public engagement, and you believe in testing ideas and experimenting
  • You're a team player with great ideas and the skills to bring them to life
  • You have project management and planning skills, and you are comfortable balancing multiple priorities
  • You're skilled at stakeholder management and developing partnerships and you will positively represent Te Papa
  • You love a creative conceptual challenge, and a strong understanding of promotion and digital engagement and the potential legacy this represents
  • You are an open and collaborative colleague who contributes to high-performing teams to meet established objectives and develop innovative practices.
  • You demonstrate a growth mind-set and you're calm under pressure
  • Knowledge of Te Aō Māori, confidence in Te Reo me ōna tikanga Māori is essential

About us

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, renowned for being bicultural, research-driven, innovative and fun. Our success is built on our relationships with and our ability to represent our communities. Our vision is Changing Hearts, Minds and Lives. Biculturalism, mana taonga and learning are at our core.

The Public Programmes team is a hardworking, creative and values-driven team who strive to engage a wide range of audiences with Te Papa's collections and resources. We work right across the breadth of Te Papa's activities, and we're looking for a public programmes specialist who will help us create a range of dynamic programmes with a strong foundation in Te Aō Māori, and to work with and for Māori communities.

About the role

This is a permanent ongoing role. Some flexibility in hours to supervise and deliver public programmes on evenings and weekends is required. The starting salary for this position will be between $67,000 to $80,000, 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.

Te Papa is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment process, we will require Police Vetting of preferred candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

How to apply

Application enquiries are welcome to Sophie Harrington

Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Appointment to a position at Te Papa will require the production of evidence, prior to the commencement of work, of a 'My Vaccine Pass' issued by the Ministry of Health.

Prior to Te Papa confirming any offer of employment, pre-employment checks will be undertaken including police vetting and reference checking as a minimum.

Applications close on Sunday, 13 March 2022.

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17 Feb 2022

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