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Archivist (Scanner)- Kaiatawhai Pūranga

Job details

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
16 Oct 2018
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Digital & Technology


He mea whai take te pūranga taonga nā te whai take hoki nō ngā mea tuku iho. Kei ngā pūranga e puritia ana ā tātou kōrero, e toka ai ngā mea i pā ki a tātou, kō wai rā tātou, ko wai tātou ināianei. He whakarangatira tāna i tō tātou mana ā-iwi me tō tātou aro hoki ki ngā tikanga a iwi kē.

Archives matter because history matters. Archives hold our stories, give us evidence about what has happened, who we were and who we are. They enrich our sense of identity and our understanding of our cultures.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s audiovisual archive. We save and cherish the stories, creativity and history of Aotearoa New Zealand in sound and moving images.

With strong values of connectioncreativity and conservation our purpose is to collectshare and care for New Zealand's audiovisual taonga. Our kaupapa expresses our commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi andreflects Māori and Pākehā perspectives, language and aspirations. It guides the way we work with each other, with audiovisual taonga and with those connected with it.

You will join the highly-skilled Film Preservation team as a scanner operator, fulfilling a key role by digitising film elements and preparing the resulting files for archival post-production work. 

This role provides you an opportunity help preserve everything from commercial productions and experimental art films to documentary and amateur footage – ensuring it is kept alive for audiences now and into the future.

You will contribute to the following strategic outcomes:

  • Building a solid, stable foundation for the audiovisual archive for all New Zealanders, by helping to create a:
    • Future-oriented digital archive
    • Kaupapa-centred organisation
  • Showcasing the collections, and the work of the archive, in the best possible light
    • Provide exceptional archival services
    • Enabling access and engagement

What are we looking for?

  • At least 1 year film handling experience and familiarity with both professional and amateur film formats
  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in a digital audiovisual production workflow, including quality control
  • Understanding of archival practices, especially audiovisual archives
  • Experience in an audiovisual archive desirable
  • Tertiary qualification desirable, with particular emphasis on audiovisual production
  • Awareness of the Treaty of Waitangi and its application to cultural heritage

What is in it for you?

  • Saving New Zealand’s audiovisual heritage for future generations!
  • Working with people who are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their passion and knowledge with others
  • Great opportunities for career progression and professional development
  • An environment that encourages creativity and innovation

Applications close Tuesday 16 October.

How to apply

Please visit our website on to download a position description and an application form. Send your application with your CV and covering letter to

For further information or a confidential conversation about this position please contact Jamie Lean, Poutakinga Rōpū Ratonga Kohikohinga - Group Manager Collection Services on 04 896 4843.

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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

2 Oct 2018