MA20Waitangi conference

MA20Waitangi - Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, space

new dates: 5-7 May 2021, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

MA20Waitangi - Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, space
5-7 May 2021, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The conference has been postponed until 2021. We will be revising the programme and re-opening registration in November
information on the remainder of this page was created for the 2020 dates and is here as a guide only

Museums Aotearoa and the Waitangi National Trust team present MA20Waitangi – Location/Dislocation: object, experience, context, place – two full days of inspiring sessions, historical site visits and keynote speakers all boxed up in the beautiful Bay of Islands and one of New Zealand’s most historic locations.

The conference will open with a pōwhiri at Te Whare Rūnanga at 4pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021, followed by the NZ Museum Awards and Directors Dinner that evening.

Running across Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 May, the conference at Waitangi will be sandwiched by the Kāhui Kaitiaki gathering at Ngāwhā Marae 3-5 May and the EMP Huakina at the University of Auckland on Saturday 8 May. 

Kāhui Kaitiaki’s pre-conference programme based at Ngāwhā Marae will be a mix of site visits and presentations by local whānau working on grass-roots initiatives within the heritage space. Look forward to field trips to the local Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, Ngāwhā hot springs and Ōhaeawai Pa, stimulating kōrero from entrepreneurial kaitiaki and continuing our strategic planning kaupapa. We start with a pōwhiri at 11am on Monday 3 May, with two nights noho, and close by 2pm on Wednesday 5 May. Facebook event page

Wednesday 5 May also sees several networks meeting.

With so much to see but so little time to see it during conference, we are also offering the opportunity to experience Waitangi By Night and explore the museums, historic buildings and visitor centre after-hours without the crowds. As you move around the grounds, stop and have hāngi at the cafe, canapes in Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi and a barbeque near the Treaty House. Talk to the staff at the different locations and get to know the people behind the Treaty Grounds.

This years’ annual conference will be across venues at both the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, including Te Whare Rūnanga and the new museum Te Rau Aroha that commemorates the service and sacrifice of Māori in the NZ Armed Forces, and the Copthorne Hotel – all located within 10 minutes’ walk of each other.

We promise you good coffee, good people and great sessions that we hope will leave you inspired and invigorated.

Accommodation: a block of rooms will be held at the Copthorne Bay of Islands, on the waterfront just next to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. 


All delegates who registered and paid for the conference for Ma 2020 will be refunded in full. We will contact you directly to make arrangements.