Museums Aotearoa

Museums Aotearoa, Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu, is the independent professional association for New Zealand’s museums and galleries and those who work for them.

We support the museums of Aotearoa to be thriving and sustainable. Kia tino toitū, tōnu i ngā whare taonga o Aotearoa.

We do this by:

  • advocating on behalf of members and the sector,
  • nurturing excellence in professional practice,
  • and extending manaakitanga toward our members.

Everything we do is underpinned by a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Museums Aotearoa values:

  • people who work in the museums and galleries sector in New Zealand
  • partnerships established by Te Tiriti o 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, mātauranga Māori and scholarship
  • exchange of knowledge enabling New Zealand museums and galleries to set a benchmark for exemplary professional museum practices and ethical principles
  • Museums Aotearoa members and staff respect the MA Code of Ethics & Professional Practice (2013)

Museums Aotearoa is a registered charity, No: CC32927
Annual Reports
Governance Documents




Executive Director - Phillipa Tocker - Phillipa@museumsaotearoa.org.nz


Administration Manager - Rachel Nankivell
For membership enquiries, to advertise jobs and for other general enquiries, please contact Rachel@museumsaotearoa.org.nz


Communications & Events Manager - Mo Farrell
For inclusion in News& Notices, MAQuarterly, media requests and other communications and events enquiries, please contact Mo@museumsaotearao.org.nz


Board Members

Liz Cotton

Museum member
Head of Human History, Auckland Museum

Henriata Nicholas

Kaitiaki nominee
Exhibitions Coordinator, Te Awamutu Museum

Steven Fox

Individual member
General Manager Museum Experience, MOTAT

Michael Frawley

Museum member
Director, MOTAT

Louisa Hormann

Emerging Museum Professionals appointee
Archives technician, Air Force Museum

Greg McManus

Individual member
Chief Executive, Waitangi National Trust

Jamie Metzger

Kaitiaki Ika Tauhou nominee
Assistant Curator Māori, Otago Museum

Bridget Mosley

Museum member
Director, Waitomo Caves Museum

Mark Sykes

Kaitiaki nominee
Manager Collections & Research | Kaiwhakahaere Kohikohinga Taonga Me Te Rangahau, Whakatāne Museum & Arts

Olivia Taouma

Pacific Advisory member
Teu La Vā Manager, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Next Museums Aotearoa Board meeting: November 2019 (date TBC), Waikato

Last Meeting: 20 August 2019, including a strategic planning workshop.