What we do
Museums Aotearoa Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu (MA) is New Zealand’s independent professional association for museums, galleries and those who work for them.
We provide leadership to raise the profile and performance of museums throughout the country.
We define ‘museum’ as an organisation primarily engaged in collecting, caring for, developing, exhibiting or interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. The term includes marae and exhibition galleries, or centres maintained on an on-going basis by other organisations.
Almost entirely funded by members fees, we work exclusively for our members.
Ko te wawata - vision
Kia tino toitū, tōnui i ngā whare taonga o Aotearoa. Aotearoa New Zealand has thriving and sustainable museums.
Kaupapa mātāmua - our mission
Museums Aotearoa, Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu, is the independent professional association for New Zealand’s public museums and galleries and their staff and volunteers.
Our Mission is to support our members by:
- extending manaakitanga toward our members to help them achieve their full potential and facilitate a vibrant and sustainable museum and gallery sector
- collaborating with and supporting our members and their relationships with others across the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM)
- advocating on issues that are important to or may impact on our members and the wider GLAM sector in general
- nurturing excellence, professionalism and integrity in museums and galleries in Aotearoa.
We are a culturally affirming organisation promoting and supporting our members to uphold the principles of true partnership within Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Ō matūa uara - our values
Everything we do is underpinned by a commitment to the principles of partnership envisaged by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Our core values are to:
- Tika/Act Ethically – act in a professional and ethical manner at all times in accordance with our Code of Ethics and ICOM Codes of Ethics.
- Whanaungatanga/Be Connected – communicate and collaborate in a way that recognises the value and benefits of collaboration and partnerships between our members, their stakeholders and communities and the GLAM sector.
- Pono/Act with Integrity – act with integrity and treat others with respect, irrespective of their gender, position, cultural background or sexual preference.
Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics and addition of a repatriation guidance document is underway; find out more here.
Museums Aotearoa is an Incorporated Society, registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. Our charity number is: CC32927.