Senior Te Ao Māori Librarian

New Plymouth District Council

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Taranaki

Ko wai mātou - Who are we

Te Kaunihera-ā-rohe o Ngāmotu - New Plymouth District Council is a local government organisation located in the heart of New Plymouth. Our vision is to be the Sustainable Lifestyle Capital, and our district boasts a spectacular natural beauty from Taranaki Maunga to the moana. In 2021, we were awarded the most liveable city (for a population between 75,000 and 150,000) by the International Awards for Liveable Communities. We work collaboratively with iwi, Government, not-for-profits and businesses to achieve outcomes that benefit our community.

Te āheinga - The opportunity

This is a vital new role in Puke Ariki Libraries to contribute to designing and developing services and programs that are responsive to the needs of the Māori community. We are looking for a librarian with an up-to-date knowledge of library services that are responsive to the needs to Māori and an interest to engage the libraries with local iwi and hapū. You will engage with the Library and Public Programs and Learning team to advance the delivery of Te Ao Māori and Te Reo resources and programs. If you are interested in identifying the needs and opportunities for library services to Māori and concerned about ensuring library services connect Tangata Whenua, customers and colleagues to Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori, we want to hear from you.

Tino takohanga - Key responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Lead, provide Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori advice on services and programs, and guidance on Te Reo Māori learning and literacy and support to staff and customers across our Library Network as part of Puke Ariki's partnership under Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Proactively identify future needs and opportunities for library services to Māori and assist prioritisation of delivery of these services at Puke Ariki, including professional development and contributing to relevant projects
  • Keep up to date with local and international developments in Information Services particularly relating to Mātauranga Māori and Te Ao Māori
  • With the Pou Tikanga, advise on appropriate Tikanga for our library services, collections, spaces and programmes
  • Provide support to the library team with regard to daily operational tasks and ensure excellent customer services for the Library including other floors and services when rostered
  • Act as 'senior in charge', taking responsibility for staff and customers within the facility during rostered shifts, provide direction and ensure security and safety of the building

Ngā tino pūkenga me ngā wheako - Essential skills and experience:

  • A relevant qualification in Library and Information Management
  • Experience working in libraries (preferably public libraries)
  • A working proficiency in Te Reo Māori, and experience in applying Matauranga Māori and Te Reo in a library context
  • Māori whakapapa preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated people management and supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of tikanga and able to practice manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, māramatanga and whanaungatanga within the role
  • Acts as an effective team member, evidence of demonstrating collaborative work style and acknowledging the value of diversity
  • Competency in library management systems, as relevant for Māori
  • Proven experience in a wide range of digital technologies
  • Full driver's licence is preferred

He aha ai a Taranaki? - Why Taranaki?

With the stunning Mt Taranaki as a backdrop and the warm iron sands along our coast, it is no wonder Taranaki is one of the best regions in New Zealand and the world. In Taranaki it's easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career. Our regions' dynamic surf, multitude of parks and gardens, iconic walkways, major events calendar and mountain playground make this the place to live!

Ōu mātou rourou - What we offer

At the New Plymouth District Council we aim to create and sustain a truly rewarding workplace environment for our staff including solid career pathways, learning and development opportunities as well as personal and professional development.

You can expect to start in this permanent, full-time role with us between $63,351 and $66,106.

If you think this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you!

Applications close on Rāhina (Monday), 1 Hōngongoi (July) 2024.

 

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