Members networks - LGBTQI and Pasifika

[21 August 2018]
Museums Aotearoa supports several specialist networks for people in museums and galleries. We are currently looking to establish more formally networks for LGBTQI+ and Pasifika.

MA is responding to a call for support for museum based LGBTQI+ issues, projects and members. If there is sufficient interest, a nationwide network will be set up and there will be a related workshop at the MA19 conference in Wellington, May 2019. Please contact Andy Lowe at if you would like to join this network . A Facebook page has been set up as well: NZ museums Lgbtqi+ network.

We propose developing a Pasifika network in close relationship with our Kāhui Kaitiaki network. Olivia Taouma, Teu Le Va Manager at Auckland Museum, has recently joined the MA Board and will be working closely with Kaitiaki Board Member Henriata Nicholas on this initiative.  All those interested in being a part of this new network please email Olivia on: by 31 August 2018.

Other networks and contacts
Existing networks you may want to connect with:
EMP - Emerging Museum Professionals
TENNZ - Touring Exhibitions Network
MEANZ - Museum Education Association
Kahui Kaitiaki - Māori working in museums and galleries

We are always keen to hear from our members. For any queries or suggestions, please contact us on T 04 499 1313 or

Museums Aotearoa Regional Forums - 2017

We have held very well-received series of regional forums in recent years, providing opportunities to get together with colleagues. They have become a part of our MA annual cycle. In 2015 we held workshops on the Code of Ethics. In 2016 our focus was Advocacy.

2017 regional meetings focussed on Evidence.

We invited our members - and prospective members - to get together and explore collecting/using data locally and nationally. We will be talking about the surveys and data that are available, where to find them, and ways you can to use data to help with planning and advocacy. We will discuss what might be missing, and how all of us can contribute. There will also be the opportunity for some 'Pitopito Kōrero' short talks and networking and we welcome your suggestions for topics or activities as well.  

Forums were held in these regions for 2017:

Hawke's Bay


 A Culture of Continuous Improvement
- Best Practice Wānanga

2 and 3 March 2017
Rehua Marae, Christchurch

Cost: $265 including all meals and overnight accommodation on the marae

If you want to foster a culture of continuous improvement in your museum or gallery, this was an opportunity for you!

Canterbury Museum and Museums Aotearoa are offering a two day professional development workshop for mid-career museum and gallery managers. The programme will explore all aspects of best practice from strategy and planning to operational procedures and collections management. Canterbury Museum leadership staff will give brief presentations on some of the Museum’s recent key areas of improvement. These have changed the organisational culture, with a high-performing well-trained and efficient team delivering some outstanding achievements, including record visitor numbers. All participants will be encouraged to contribute their own experience and perspectives to each session. 
At the end of the two days MA and Canterbury Museum hope to be able to bring together a range of continuous improvements and examples of best practice in a resource to be available to the wider membership.
This wānanga is limited to 40 people to ensure the best possible experience. Preference will be given to people with direct management responsibility, and no more than two will be accepted from any one institution. Participants will contribute to the workshop sessions and will be given (small) pre-workshop tasks. There will be a wide range of tools and materials to take away.
The wānanga will be held over Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March at Rehua Marae in central city Christchurch with bi-culturalism and appropriate tikanga running through the whole hui. To make the most of those experiences you are strongly encouraged to stay overnight on the Marae. 
The first day will start with a powhiri at Rehua Marae at 10.00am, with sessions running throughout the day and early evening, including guest speakers from the Marae. The second day will start at 8.30am and we aim to finish with a poroporoaki at 3.00pm. The cost of the two day event will be $265 per person, plus a suggested individual contribution of $5 to the koha for the Marae. The cost includes all meals and overnight accommodation on the Marae. 
To make a booking please complete the online registration form. For inquiries about registration contact Talei at Museums Aotearoa. Further information and a detailed programme will be sent to participants nearer the time.
You may be eligible for a travel subsidy grant from National Services Te Paerangi. These grants do not support registration fees. However, as this Wānanga includes accommodation, you will be able to claim up $50 of the registration fee against such a grant, within the maximum of $300. To apply for a travel subsidy grant please contact National Services Te Paerangi.
Lesley Colsell
Museum Best Practice Manager, Canterbury Museum


Museums Aotearoa Regional Forums - 2016

We have held very well-received series of regional forums in recent years, providing opportunities to get together with colleagues. They have become a part of our MA annual cycle. In 2015 we held workshops on the Code of Ethics - what it is for, and how you can apply it in every day museum and gallery practice. If you missed out and are interested in holding or hosting an ethics workshop, please contact us.

In 2016 the focus for regional meetings was on ADVOCACY.

We explored advocacy in practice - what it means, what tools you can use, and how all of us can contribute at local and/or national level.

In 2016 we held forums in

  • Taranaki
  • Dunedin
  • Auckland
  • Waikato
  • Tauranga
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury



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