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Pou Whiringa Rangahau - Visitor Researcher (Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Tāmaki Paenga Hira: Tui tui hono tangata, whenua me te moana.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Connecting through sharing stories of people, lands and seas

Auckland Museum is a much-loved culture and heritage organisation at the heart of Auckland's identity, committed to outstanding management of its world-class collections, developing and sharing engaging content through its galleries, exhibition, events, educational programmes and the permanent and volunteer staff who tell the Museum's stories. We are Auckland's home of commemoration as well as the country’s oldest research institution and a major tourist destination.

About the role

The role of the Pou Whiringa Rangahau | Visitor Researcher is to support the development of the Toitū Te Taiao gallery, a suite of natural science galleries which will be immersed within Mātauranga Māori approaches and indigenous ways of understanding. The Pou Whiringa Rangahau will work with other members of the Visitor and Market Research team to research and evaluate concepts, content and experiences proposed for this new gallery. The role will involve conducting evaluation through methodologies such as interviewing and wānanga with both Māori and non-Māori visitors, analysing and interpreting insights, and sharing findings with the project team. This is a part-time role requiring 24 hours per week, for a 12-month fixed-term. There is some flexibility around the weekly working pattern. Occasional weekend work may be required.

You will bring with you: 

  • A good understanding of tikanga and reo Māori in order to undertake evaluation with te reo speaking audiences (including tamariki). 
  • An understanding of Mātauranga Māori concepts and principles. 
  • At least one years’ work or academic experience in research or evaluation using Kaupapa Māori evaluation and/or qualitative methodologies. 
  • A tertiary qualification (or study towards this) in a related field such as Māori Studies, Museum Studies, marketing, social science research, sociology or psychology is preferred. 
  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and how they relate to the Museum and a research and evaluation environment. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in cross-functional teams

Auckland Museum offers a rich and fulfilling work life where we embrace diversity and nurture our bicultural capability as demonstrated in our Teu le Va and He Korahi Māori strategies. We also offer a range of great benefits such as flexible work and leave and an award-winning wellbeing programme.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be part of a fabulous New Zealand organisation committed to telling our national and Auckland stories, reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

He Oranga Tangata ka ao

Enriching lives: Inspiring discoveries

How to apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, apply today.

You can view a copy of the position description and apply for the role through our website on:

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for this position.


Auckland War Memorial Museum

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Applications close: Monday, 5 June 2023

You can view a copy of the position description and apply for the role through the Auckland Museum website on: