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Ki te puāwai te ahurea, Ka ora te iwi  
Culture is thriving, the people are well  

Ko Te Manatū Taonga tēnei, he mana whānui, he toronga whānui, he manawa nui anō hoki tēnei e karanga atu nei. Nau mai, tomo mai, kia rongo ai tāua i ngā tākirikiringa o te hatumanawa o tō tatou tuakiritanga ā-motu.

Current vacancies

There are no current vacancies.

Come work with us

We are a small Ministry with a broad mandate and wide reach across the arts, culture and heritage sector.

We embrace diversity and inclusiveness, are passionate about our mahi, and value work-life balance.

We welcome experiences from different sectors.

Learn more about our work on social media:

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (LinkedIn)

A taste of what we do

Our work supports New Zealand’s cultural system that contributes $14.9 billion to the country’s GDP and supports over 115,000 jobs. These range 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 — iwi Māori, public sector organisations and funded agencies — we connect local communities to cultural experiences that enrich lives. 

Our sector supports storytelling that reflects who New Zealanders are today, helping us to navigate our future and build an inclusive and cohesive nation where our tamariki can flourish and call home.  

Hiring the people we need

We are seeking people to join us who fill gaps and round out our strengths. We value capabilities within teams that span the public sector and the cultural system— we seek individuals who are committed to improving both.

We aim for diversity at all levels, and that our Ministry reflects the communities we serve. We hire to ensure our values thrive.

Kia Toipoto pay gap action plan

Our Kia Toipoto plan outlines activities that will help build fairness, inclusion and representation across the Ministry.

What people say about working here

Working at Manatū Taonga provides unique opportunities. If you want to have an impact on the public and cultural sectors, there is no better place to be.  

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.

Our work takes us to concerts, community events, commemorations and more. We are often there when people connect with their heritage and culture in a way they never have before. That’s a special place to be, and we wouldn’t get it anywhere else.