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Learning Innovation Specialist - Mātauranga Māori

Te Papa
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Learning Innovation Specialists - Mātauranga Māori (fixed term contract)


Calling innovative kaiko and educators


E nga mana, e nga reo, ko Te Papa Tongarewa te pa e tu watawata mai ana nga taonga o te Motu ki Te Upoko-o-Te-Ika. Papaki mai ana nga tai o Te Whanganui-a-Tara, ko Pukeahu, ko Matairangi nga taumata korero. Ka tangi te Keo ki nga mate o nga hau e wha, moe mai ra te iwi nui kei te po. Nau mai ra te hunga ora. Tenei Te Papa Tongarewa e kimi ana, e rapu ana i tetahi pouako kia whanake te kura, kia whai wahi ai a tatou tamariki ki nga taonga o te motu.


He waka akoranga | Empowering life-long learning

In an exciting period of transformation and growth, Te Papa is seeking innovative Learning Innovation Specialists, Mātauranga Māori, to contribute to the development of our learning programmes for ākonga, with a special focus on Māori Medium contexts and learners. You will empower our learners to engage with Te Papa's collections, exhibitions and resources by designing and facilitating meaningful learning experiences, resources and products for ākonga, with a focus on kura kaupapa ākonga. You will help us grow our learning communities and expand our reach and accessibility through learning.

You will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of Māori Medium programmes integrating Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, te Ao Māori and Te Papa's taonga. You will also collaborate with team members to support embedding Mātauranga Māori concepts in learning programmes. You will help develop our relationship with Māori medium schools, kura kaupapa and kohanga reo.

The Learning Innovation team comprises of specialists across museum education (formal learning programmes and products for early childhood, kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, primary and secondary school audiences), public programmes (informal, lifelong learning) and Hīnātore , which facilitates innovative and experiential digital learning programmes for learners of all ages. Learning Innovation Specialists work closely with the Learning Innovation team to facilitate a dynamic range of learning programmes for school and kura groups, both onsite and by digital delivery. You will also work alongside Te Papa's Mātauranga Māori staff in curatorial, collections, exhibitions and visitor services teams.

About you:

You are a passionate and talented teacher or kaiako who engages learning and technology to make a real difference to the organisations and communities you work with. You are creative, innovative and skilled in supporting learning inside or outside of the classroom. You are a strong educator, confident in working with groups of ākonga of all ages, and you have particular experience in working with on teaching in a Māori medium context. You have strong networks and relationships in your field.

You have demonstrated in skills as a kaiako and you're well versed in Te Marautanga, Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori. You bring a range of innovative learning practices and you create empowering learning experiences with emerging learning technologies. You're an advocate for learning and you're passionate about contributing to educational innovation. You're a lifelong learner with a growth mindset who enjoys creative problem solving. You enjoy developing new programmes and products, and you believe in testing ideas and experimenting. You're a team player with great ideas and the skills to bring them to life.

Fluency in Te Reo Māori, confidence in tikanga Māori and the ability to deliver programmes in Te Reo is essential.


This role is a full time (40 hours) fixed term contract, for up to two years to help Te Papa deliver a dynamic digital learning programme for Māori Medium ākonga. We will consider a secondment for the right person. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

About us:

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, renowned for being bicultural, research-driven, innovative and fun. Our success is built on our relationships with and our ability to represent our communities. Our vision is Changing Hearts, Minds and Lives. Biculturalism, mana taonga and learning are at our core.

It's an exciting time at Te Papa: we are currently renewing our permanent exhibitions alongside Mahuki—Te Papa's Innovation Hub and Hīnātore, our Learning Lab which opened in March 2017. You will join our dynamic Learning Innovation team: we're ambitious, hard-working, creative and fun. Join us.


All considered applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain the legal right to work in New Zealand.



Te Papa is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment process, we will require Police Vetting of preferred candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.



Applications close Friday, 2 February 2018.

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