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Project Manager - Event Operations (Tuia 250)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Project managers
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Project Manager – Event Operations (Tuia 250)

Vacancy 2019/24

Fixed term / Full time until February 2020


Salary: $107,789 (midpoint)


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata

Promoting a confident and connected culture


Would you like to work on a once in a lifetime event?

Do you have an exceptional eye for detail and enjoy planning large scale events?


An exciting opportunity has arisen to work at the forefront of New Zealand's cultural and heritage sector, supporting the Ministry's Delivery function.


Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role
Tuia  - Encounters 250 (Tuia 250),  is the national commemoration for 2019 and will focus on the people and place of Aotearoa New Zealand - what brought us together, the challenges we face and how we can weave our cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for the next generation.

As part of a three month national voyaging event from October 2019 – December 2019, Tuia 250 will recognise the extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (the Pacific) - the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers, their mātauranga (knowledge), non-instrument navigation prowess and their decision to settle in Aotearoa many generations ago.  It will also acknowledge the feats of European explorers, the technology they developed and their first encounters with the people of this place when James Cook, Tupaia and the crew of the Endeavour arrived in October 1769.


We are looking for an experienced Project Manager – Event Operations, to join our team on a fixed term contract until February 2020.  This is a highly pressured, fast-paced position; you will be the heart of this event – integral to knowing all that is going on and supporting those in your team to achieve the milestones for this historic event.


Kōrero mōu | About you

You will be able to successfully deliver events on a national level, working with a range of government agencies and other key external partners.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Demonstrated, superior project management skills of complex projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects involving large-scale high-profile national events in partnership with local stakeholders who have high interest in the event
  • Knowledge of te reo, tikanga and the Treaty of Waitangi and how it can be applied in this role and organisation
  • Ability to produce high-quality documentation (routine and report-based) and to develop and maintain spreadsheets
  • Ability to lead a team based both inhouse and regionally


This is a Wellington based role, some travel will be required. 


Skills required

  • Understanding of government processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports to all parties involved
  • Experience with project management software an advantage
  • Knowledge of and interest in the cultural sector


Ko wai mātou | Who we are
Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 145 staff – you know everyone by name.

Our work is diverse – we support many of Aotearoa'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

  • We have a leadership role across the cultural sector. We work with our funded agencies and partners to help shape national conversation about New Zealand's culture and heritage
  • We're a Treaty partner. We work in partnership with Māori and are guided by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • We're a public sector agency. We work to deliver nationally significant programmes that speak to the heart of our national identity


Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly
We're committed to providing a supportive environment for our people and so we embrace flexible working arrangements at Manatu Taonga.


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.


Me pēhea te tono |How to apply
For enquiries about this position please contact  Savannah Smith, Team Administrator (Tuia 250), at

To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and complete the application form via the apply here button below.


Applications close 5pm Sunday 26 May 2019


Āheinga | Eligibility
If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.


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