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Meet Matthew Tonks


I am a Content Officer at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Job description: 

I update content on a number of websites the Ministry is responsible for, including NZHistory.net.nz

Work background: 

This is my first job out of university, although my role used to be mainly about updating content on Eventfinder.co.nz

Favourite part of job: 

Researching and writing about New Zealand’s history, especially when I explore the treasures at the National Library of Archives New Zealand.

Least favourite part of job: 

When searching Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Cenotaph Database for stories to tell and seeing profiles of the thousands of young men and women who died in the First World War.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from Victoria University of Wellington.

Interests outside work: 

I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction books, I study French, and I love exploring Wellington City on foot

Watch the video where Matthew talks about his work (11 Mb mp4 file).

Meet Matthew Tonks, a Content Officer from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.