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Kaiako Māori – Pūtaiao/Science

Job details

Experience Wellington
16 Oct 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Education & Development


Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!

Tēnei te karanga atu ki te koutou, ki te hunga e whakaaro ana mō tēnei tūranga ki a Experience Wellington. He tūranga whakahirahira hei hāpai i te whakaaro me te mahi pūtaiao i tō mātou Whare rangihori. Kia kaha koutou, ki te hunga whai pukenga, whai wheako, whai mātauranga hoki e āhei ana ki tēnei momo mahi. Hono mai, tono mai, nau mai.

Are you passionate about sharing your knowlege of science and the night sky with tamariki?

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic Kaiako Māori to join the team at Te Ara Whānui Ki Te Rangi Space Place. You’ll develop and deliver learning programmes to inspire ākonga from both Māori medium and English medium settings, bringing to life our key themes of science, the night sky, space and the solar system through a te ao Māori lens.

Our programmes for schools range from interactive workshops to planetarium shows on a range of themes including Ngā Tohunga Whakatere: The Navigators.

This role is part of our Learning team. It is based at Te Ara Whānui Ki Te Rangi Space Place at the Carter Observatory, in Wellington Botanic Gardens and offers the opportunity to collaborate across other Experience Wellington sites – City Gallery Wellington, Wellington Museum, and Capital E. The position is permanent, full-time. Evening and weekend work may be required.

Te tūranga | The role

You will:
• Deliver engaging learning sessions to tamariki and rangatahi at all levels from ECE to secondary, in both te reo Māori and English.
• Research and develop space and science programmes from a Te Ao Māori perspective.
• Develop innovative ways to support kaiako and bring local curriculum to life.
• Actively support our aims to increase engagement with Kura Kaupapa Māori, and bilingual units in schools.
• Work closely with other members of the Experience Wellington Learning Team including the Learning Specialist – Science to deliver programmes at Space Place, and the Kaiako Māori – History at Wellington Museum to ensure a strong te ao Māori presence in our Learning Team.

Ngā tino pūkenga me ngā wheako |The essential skills and experience for the role

You will:
• Be a strong educator, confident in working with groups of tamariki and rangatahi.
• Have knowledge of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, The New Zealand Curriculum and/or Te Whāriki. Knowledge of Ministry of Education-funded ELC (formerly LEOTC) programming and reporting is an advantage.
• Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills including fluency in te reo Māori.
• Have excellent organisational skills and strong creative ideas
• Be a great team player – creative, reliable, proactive, and positive.
• Have strong knowledge and interest in science and space sciences, and the ability to make complex ideas accessible for your audiences.

Ko wai mātou | Who are we
Our vision is engaged, curious communities.
We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and support mana whenua as kaitiaki. If you want to work with like-minded community builders, and you are passionate about science, art and culture we would love to hear from you. To join our team, please submit your CV, a cover letter and complete our online application form for our consideration. For further information on the role please contact

Applications close on 16 October 2022. Applications will be shortlisted as they come in. Interviews will be held on 27 October 2022.

Applicants for these positions require the eligibility to work in New Zealand, have current NZ citizenship, residency or a valid work visa. For advice on obtaining a New Zealand work or residence visa visit

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit your CV & Cover Letter here.

For more informaiton on this role, including a copy of the position description, please see here. 

Written by

Wellington Museums Trust

28 Sep 2022