Senior Historian – Job Opportunity

Senior Historian 2018/06



Have you got a passion for connecting New Zealanders with our history?

Then we want to hear from you


Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is seeking a motivated and creative permanent Senior Historian to join its Research and Publishing team.


New Zealand’s leading public history team, we publish our most popular history and reference websites, Te Ara (including the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography) and NZHistory. Our other projects include Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories, 28th Māori Battalion histories, and content to support national commemorations such as WW100, Women’s Suffrage 125 and Tuia – Encounters 250.


Our preferred candidate will

  • possess excellent skills in researching, writing and curating authoritative and accessible historical content for publication across a range of formats
  • be able to contribute to the planning, editorial oversight and quality assurance processes of our content
  • be able to provide timely, high-quality historical advice to government, sector agencies and the public
  • have excellent relationship management skills to maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders and partners
  • be able to support and mentor less experienced staff

We are looking for a team player with a proven track record of delivering.


You should also have

  • an understanding of diverse historical perspectives and audiences
  • an interest in digital and multi-media content
  • an awareness of the opportunities offered by collaborative and community-based projects

We are looking for an adaptable historian with broad research experience, but an interest in the history of early encounters between Māori and Pākehā, commemorations and remembrance, or the history of state activity may be advantageous.


This a permanent position based in Wellington and is intended to be fulltime, although significant part-time hours will be considered.


Salary Range
The range for this position is $80,320 (85%) to $108,668 (115%)

Please note: Appointments are generally made up to the midpoint (100%) of the range on the basis of assessed competence and experience relative to those stated in the job description. The Ministry has some flexibility in special circumstances, e.g. where knowledge and skills are greater than the job requires.


About us

Our purpose is to promote a confident and connected culture.  Our work is diverse – we support many of the art, media, heritage and sports organisations of Aotearoa; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. The organisations we fund deliver a range of cultural experiences for all of us to learn from, appreciate and enjoy. With approximately 115 people based in central Wellington Manatū Taonga is a relatively small Ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and big heart.


How to apply

If you have any questions or need more information please contact:

Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian/Manager, Heritage Content –


To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and complete the application form by clicking Apply Now.


Applications close 5.00pm on Tuesday 06 February 2018.