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Working at Manatū Taonga 

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Manatū Taonga has a broad mandate and wide reach across a complex system. With around 140 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name. We embrace diversity and inclusiveness, are passionate about our mahi, and welcome experiences from different sectors to strengthen and support the pou of our whare.

We work in a sector contributing $11 billion to New Zealand's GDP and over 90,000 jobs, ranging from screen production to symphonies, broadcasting to ballet, kapa haka to heritage, and more. Our mahi helps the government promote Aotearoatanga, our unique cultural identity — from policy to programme delivery. With our partners — Māori, public sector agencies and our funded agencies, we connect local communities to cultural experiences to enrich our mātauranga. Our sector funds and tells stories reflecting who New Zealanders are today, helping us to navigate our future and building the inclusive and cohesive country we want our tamariki to grow up in and call home.

Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund Recruitment Pack

Our people

As a relatively small team with a wide portfolio, we get involved in a huge range of work. That diversity, exposure and strong connection to our two sectors means we constantly stretch into new areas and add to our skills and knowledge.

Manatū Taonga leads the sector. We influence government policy and funding, and drive the way our important stories are told. The work we do every day has a huge effect on how New Zealanders engage with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

We want people who share our passion and energy for New Zealand’s art, culture, and heritage. Different roles will have specific skills, however there are some common qualities and characteristics we look for in all our people.

The people we are looking for are those that can make a positive difference to our organisation. We want people that genuinely enjoy their job and bring commitment and enthusiasm to work everyday.

Manatū Taonga staff at Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019 in Wellington.

Why work for us?

Here at Manatū Taonga we’ve worked hard to create a work environment and culture that is stimulating, innovative and engaging. In order for our staff to get the most out of their career with us we offer a range of professional development opportunities, flexible working hours and a focus on employee wellbeing.

Professional Development

We understand that continual learning is essential in this changing work environment, and therefore place great importance on nurturing and developing our staff. We offer a range of internal and external training courses, together with secondment opportunities and project work that will help you in your role and broader career.

We also offer Academic Study Assistance to help you to further your studies and support you into a challenging and enjoyable career with us.

Flexible Working Environment

We understand that as individuals we all have different needs and we have a range of choices to help accommodate these: family or personal commitments may mean that you need to work from home from time to time so we offer flexible working conditions; we also offer a range of generous leave options including the option to purchase additional leave. In December 2018, Manatū Taonga was one of seven government agencies who signed up to pilot a 'flexible-by-default' work approach to be rolled out across the public service by the end of 2020

Employee Wellbeing

When you join the Ministry we will make sure you are fully equipped and comfortable at your desk by offering a workstation assessment by a trained occupational nurse. You also have the option to join our group health insurance scheme with Southern Cross and have access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which offers free and confidential counselling should you need it.

We believe that being a small Ministry has its advantages. The internal culture we have created is inclusive, supportive and welcoming and you will find yourself surrounded by people who are proud and enthusiastic about the Ministry’s work and goals. We have an active social committee, cultural and special interest groups that you will be encouraged and welcomed to join.


Updated on 20th November 2020