Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata
Promoting a confident and connected culture

Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 140 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name.

Our work is diverse – we support many of New Zealand’s art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa. 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.

Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly

Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We’re open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you.

You don’t have to tick all the boxes. We are happy to develop the right person in the role. Wanting to work with us and deliver for the Arts, Culture & Heritage sector and New Zealand is more important than being able to tick every box.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Past Flexible Jobs

Principal Adviser to Deputy Chief Executive

  • Short Term
  • Wellington

Seeking a Principal Adviser to support the Deputy Chief Executive and the Policy and Sector Performance management team for approximately 6 months. Need Senior Management level experience, knowledge of government, and outstanding relationship management skills.

Assistant Adviser, People & Culture

  • Full-Time Flexible
  • Wellington

Opportunity to join a small, collaborative People and Culture team. You’ll need a relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent experience, and a passion for people and building strong relationships.