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Tairangahia a tua whakarere; Tatakihia nga reanga o amuri ake nei | Honouring the Past; Inspiring the Future

Do you have a passion for Aotearoa New Zealand’s historic and cultural heritage? Do you want to make a difference to its identification, preservation and promotion? Then why not consider joining our passionate heritage team!

Careers in Heritage
We've put together some profiles of our team to give you an idea of the diversity of roles within Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga—and the equally varied pathways taken to careers in heritage.

Current vacancies

Pouārahi | Māori Heritage Advisors

Two positions: Auckland and Tauranga

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Reporting to the Kaiurungahoe as a member of Te Tautiaki Wāhi Taonga within Te Tira (Māori Heritage Team), the Pouārahi will:

• Have a working knowledge of local narratives, histories and relationships
• provide input to the Māori Heritage component of the archaeological authority, resource management and statutory advocacy processes including planning matters
• consult with kaitiaki Māori to better manage sites of significance
• provide heritage advice, training and guidance to kaitiaki Māori
• actively engage with iwi/hapū regarding the listing of wāhi tapu/areas, wāhi tupuna and historic places of interest to Māori
• engage in outreach projects directed by the Director Māori - Tautiaki Wāhi Taonga
• promote the conservation of Māori heritage buildings.

A tertiary qualification, technical competency and experience in a relevant professional field such as: Māori heritage, archaeology, heritage conservation, museums, statutory advocacy, urban planning, environment science, resource consent management, cultural monitoring or related field is required.

Experience working with iwi/hapū/kaitiaki/rūnanga/hapori whānui and other Māori organisations, and key customers is essential. A working knowledge of the relevant statutory and legislative processes and an understanding of tikanga Māori, the Treaty of Waitangi and some proficiency in Te Reo Māori is required.

The salary range for the position is $75,000 - $82,000. Read the job description

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 2 April 2023.

Applicants should state in their application if they are applying for the position based in Auckland, Tauranga or either role.

How to apply:

Please send your covering letter and CV to

Legal Services Advisor

Preferably based in Wellington

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Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is New Zealand’s lead agency for heritage protection, advocacy and heritage properties management.

As part of the Regional Services Team, reporting to the Chief Legal Advisor, the Legal Services Advisor will assist with the provision of legal services for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic person to give legal advice to a broad range of disciplines, including resource management, contract, land and environmental law.

Ideally you will have some experience in resource management, although transferable skills are also relevant to this role, for example litigation and mediation. You will also need to be eligible for a practising certificate and have a willingness to learn.

Applications for this position close at 5pm on Sunday, 2 April 2023. View the job description.

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we would love to hear from you.

The salary range for the position is $75,000 - $82,229.

How to apply:

Please send your covering letter and CV to

Visitor Host

Te Waimate Mission, Fixed Term, Part Time

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Te Waimate Mission (Waimate North, Northland) is part of the national suite of historic properties managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The mission station dates to 1830 and has a long and diverse history as the first Mission farm, the site of the second signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840, operating as a theological college, home of the first Anglican Bishop of New Zealand and being occupied by the military during the Northern Wars.

This Visitor Host role works closely with our visitors and other hosts, guiding school groups, booked tours like cruise ship groups, and local and international visitors.

This is a winter role (May-October) at Te Waimate on a rotating roster, offering regular work on a scheduled timetable. Te Waimate operates on seasonal hours with opportunities for increased hours as we shift into the summer season.

Our ideal candidate will be a motivated team player who is a confident speaker and comfortable with retail technology. We provide training to staff on the bi-cultural history of our properties. The role includes regular weekend work e.g., Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The hourly rate for this role is $23.65 per hour. View the job description.

Applications for this role close at 5pm on Monday, 10 April 2023.

How to apply:

Please send your covering letter and CV to

Visitor Host

Kate Sheppard House
Permanent part-time, 11 hours per week
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Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is looking for a customer service superstar to host our visitors at our newest property in Ōtautahi Christchurch – Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House.

Kate Sheppard House was home to the famous suffragist during the time she campaigned to win women the right to vote in New Zealand. The gracious villa and its surrounding gardens was acquired by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga in 2019 and has been converted to a visitor experience and function centre. This place tells the story of Kate Sheppard, the suffrage movement and the legacy of social change in New Zealand.

The Visitor Host will assist the Property Lead in the daily operations of this property. The role is varied and interesting and involves welcoming and guiding visitors and assisting with events and engagement programmes, retail operations, administration, security and housekeeping.

Our ideal candidate will have outstanding customer service skills and experience in a relevant field such as event management, tourism or heritage would be an advantage.

The role includes working one day on a weekend on a regular basis and on some evenings for events, some additional hours may be available.

If you are a good communicator and enthusiastic about telling a world-changing story this role is for you! 

Applications for this role close at 5pm on Sunday 16 April 2023.

If this sounds like your ideal role, then we would love to hear from you. 

The salary range for the position is $49,000 - $52,000 FTE. View the job description.

How to apply:

Please send your covering letter and CV to


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