Tītiro Whakamua - Kāhui Kaitiaki Hui

Kāhui Kaitiaki: he taonga ora, he tangata ora, is a network of Māori working in museums and galleries throughout Aotearoa. From the 11th-13th October this year we held a hui, Tītiro Whakamua, at Kohupātiki Marae in Clive, Hawke’s Bay. This was an opportunity for Kāhui Kaitiaki to engage in a dynamic network of support while establishing a legacy for the future.

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Museums Aotearoa Regional Forum(s)

We are inviting our members - and prospective members - to get together in a series of meetings around the country in late 2013.  We are keen to encourage and support regional networks, and to hear from you about current plans and priorities.

Museums Aotearoa is a membership organisation – our main purposes are advocacy on behalf of the museum and gallery sector, and support of the sector through networks, professional development, research and publications. In order to do this effectively, we need our members' input, and we are holding these meetings so you can tell us your needs, and we can share and develop our ideas and plans.

The forums are open to anyone who is working in or with a public art gallery or museum - staff, volunteers and board/committee members – all are welcome, whether or not your organisation is a member of Museums Aotearoa.


All forums will start with morning/afternoon tea or a light lunch followed by some short presentations and an informal networking/workshop session.

23 September, 3-5pm
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Special presentations: Thérèse Angelo - Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre; Jane Legget - ICOM and International Networks


9 October, 3-5pm
The Suter Art Gallery
Special presentations: Kamaya Crawford - government policy and support; Brett Mason - Wellington Museums Trust as a collective model.

16 October, 11am-2pm (Cancelled due to road closure)
Whanganui Regional Museum

18 October, 1-3:30pm
Museum of Wellington City and Sea - Todd Foundation Room
Special presentation: Brett Mason - Museums Wellington redevelopment plans

Palmerston North (in association with the Middle Earth Curator's Hui 22-23 Oct)
23 October, 3-5pm
Te Manawa

24 October, 3-5pm
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

25 October, 10am-12noon
Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

Dargaville (in association with Northland Museums Association)
1 November, 9.30am-3.30pm
Dargaville Museum
Special presentations: Eric Dorfman - Museum Ethics; Honiana Love from Ministry for Culture & Heritage - Protected Objects Act

New Plymouth (in association with Taranaki Regional Museums and Galleries Meeting)
13 November, time TBA
Puke Ariki

Te Awamutu (in association with Waikato museums group)
14 November, 9.30am-1.30pm
Te Awamutu Museum

We are hoping to hold meetings in Rotorua, Whanganui and Timaru early in the new year.

RSVP to (make sure you let us know which forum you will be attending).
For more information contact the MA office by email or tel 04 499 1313


Museums Aotearoa Sector Survey 2012

Museums Aotearoa has completed our Sector Survey 2012.

Click through for more detail and downloadable reports

Diversity Forum 2012

Museums & Galleries – changing faces, changing ways

Date: Monday 20 August
Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: Auckland Art Gallery

Museum practitioners and professionals were invited to join in a discussion of how the changing face of Auckland – and Aotearoa – requires us to change our ways of working and enables us to develop deeper and more meaningful engagement in our communities.

A facilitated 90-minute session brought together panellists and audience of around 45 people from a wide range of organisations to focus on Auckland, its demographics, and the diversity issues that arise for museums and galleries.

Facilitator: Linnae Pohatu, Tumuaki Director at Auckland Museum.

Panellists (L to R):
Ema Tavola, PIMPI and co-curator of Home AKL
Lynette Townsend, History Curator, Te Papa
Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa
Bethany Edmunds, Youth Outreach Programme Developer, Auckland Museum
Jo Brehaut, Visitor & Market Research Manager, Auckland Museum

Museums Aotearoa thanks National Services Te Paerangi, Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland War Memorial Museum, for jointly hosting this special session for museum and gallery staff as part of the Human Rights Commission's annual Diversity Forum. You can read Tamara Patten's blog about the session on NZmuseums.

Aotearoa - a fair go for all

Details at

The annual New Zealand Diversity Awards were presented at a ceremony in Auckland on 20 August. Congratulations to the team at Museum of Wellington City & Sea who deservedly received an award for Death & Diversity, an exhibition prorgamme that addressed the many and varied ways in which different cultures approach death.

International Museum Day 2012

Museums in a changing world: new challenges, new inspiration

Museums, art galleries and related organisations around the world join in International Museum Day on 18 May, now celebrated for 35 years.

Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background. Museums in a Changing World is recognition that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid. Each may face a unique set of goals, interests and audiences.

Find out what is happening in the Museums Aotearoa media release.

Information is available on the IMD 2012 official website:
and Facebook page:

Scholarships and Awards 2012

Applications have closed for:

  • The Clark Collection / Creative New Zealand Scholarship 2012
  • Mina McKenzie Scholarship 2012
  • New Zealand Museum Awards for 2012

Full details and information on our Scholarships & Awards page.

Diversity Forum 2011

Museums Aotearoa and many member museums and galleries participate in the Diversity Action Programme lead by the Human Rights Commission. This programme brings together organisations taking practical initiatives to: recognise and celebrate the cultural diversity of our society; promote the equal enjoyment by everyone of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights; foster harmonious relations between diverse peoples; and give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Diversity in practice: focus on youth
Monday 22 August 2011
11am-3pm, Waikato Museum

The 2011 Museums and Galleries Forum, part of the Human Rights Commission's annual Diversity Forum, focussed on youth. Presenters and participants shared ideas and experience of stimulating youth engagement in museum practice.

  • What surprises and new energy can be generated through strategies such as 'community curation', where diverse groups are not merely invited to participate in a museum-generated programme, but empowered to create their own museum project?
  • What happens when the institution hands over control, and how does that benefit everyone involved?

The forum was seeded by several short presentations of recent projects, and everyone had an opportunity to challenge and test ideas in an informal workshop environment.

Speakers: Moana Davey, Waikato Museum (Ngaa Pou Whenua); Sarah Morris, Te Papa (The Mixing Room); Ruth Harvey, Puke Ariki (USA case studies); Tarisi Vunidilo, Pacific Islands Museums Association (Pasifika Festival education programme).

A short summary is on our blog here, and Ruth Harvey's excellent report can be downloaded below.

2010 Churchill Fellowship Report - Ruth Harvey Engaging Younth (pdf 2.3MB).

The Museums and Galleries forum was jointly hosted by Museums Aotearoa, Waikato Museum and National Services Te Paerangi.

Ngaa Pou Whenua at Waikato Museum

Annabel Westman Public Lectures - April 2011

We were delighted to host a series of illustrated public talks by Annabel Westman, one of our international speakers for the MA11 conference (conred; inception link). Annabel shared her enthusiasm and expertise in historic textiles with audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Nelson. Please download the flyer below.

1972 A Westman Flyer (pdf)

Scholarships and Awards

We celebrate achievements in New Zealand's museums and art galleries in the annual NZ Museum Awards programme.

Museums Aotearoa facilitates scholarships and awards on behalf of the following benefactors.

Asia NZ Foundation Museums Award

An award to support collaborative New Zealand museum / art gallery projects with Asia with the objective of developing increased awareness greater understanding and professional networks between Asian and New Zealand cultural institutions.

The Clark Collection / Creative NZ Scholarship

An annual scholarship for New Zealand professionals in the built heritage and decorative arts field to expand their knowledge through attending the prestigious Attingham Trust Summer School in England. The scholarship also offers the recipients a number of short internships with organisations such as English Heritage, The National Trust, The Victoria & Albert Museum and The Royal Collection. Applications for 2008 have now closed.

The Mina McKenzie Scholarship

A fund established in memory of the late Mina Mckenzie provides assistance to enable museum workers to undertake education, training or development that will directly benefit their museum career. 

Museums discussion on National Radio, November 2008

Following NZ's 2008 general election and controversy around funding cuts for Whangarei Museum, Phillipa Tocker spoke to Lynn Freeman on National Radio about issues and opportunities for public museums and art galleries.

National Radio - Arts on Sunday

Diversity Forum - 23-24 August 2009

The 2009 Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum was held at Te Papa.

On Monday 24 August, Museums Aotearoa supported a forum for museums and galleries hosted by Te Papa and Wellington Museums Trust, in which David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, spoke about the proposed Federation of International Human Rights Museums.