About Us

Museums Aotearoa, Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu, is New Zealand's independent peak professional organisation for museums and those who work in, or have an interest in, museums.

Museums Aotearoa strives to be the strong, objective, fully representative voice for the evolving museum community, and to promote a shared sense of professionalism, solidarity and identity.

Our mission is to nurture excellence in museums and galleries through advocacy and service, to extend manaakitanga and community value.

Ko te whakaaro he whakapiki ake i te ahua o nga whare taonga me te whakapakari ano hoki i a ratau mahi. I tua atu i tena mo nga ropu tautoko ra te take me mau haere tonu mai te whakatairanga ake i nga painga o nga whare taonga nei.

Members include museums, public art galleries, historical societies, science centres, people who work within these institutions, and individuals connected or associated with arts, culture and heritage in New Zealand. Click here for the current list of member institutions.

Museums Aotearoa values:

  • people who work in the museums and galleries sector in New Zealand
  • partnerships established by the Treaty of Waitangi
  • engagement with communities in the care and management, research, and interpretation of their treasures and taonga
  • shared ideas and resources in collaborative projects inside the sector and with other partners
  • development of expertise, research and scholarship, including mātauranga Māori
  • exchange of knowledge enabling New Zealand museums and galleries to set a benchmark for exemplary professional museum practices and ethical principles


Museums Aotearoa is a registered charity, No: CC32927

Board Members

Thérèse Angelo

Chair, Director, Air Force Museum

Tryphena Cracknell
Kaitiaki Taonga Māori, MTG Hawke's Bay
 
Rhonda Paku

Senior Curator Matauranga Maori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Roy Clare
Director, Auckland War Memorial Museum
 
Eric Dorfman
Director, Whanganui Regional Museum
Brett Mason

Director, Museums Wellington 

Erin Flanigan

Museum Educator, Puke Ariki