Museums position paper

Date published:
31 Jul 2018
Author:
Cam McCracken, Chair, Museums Aotearoa
Phillipa Tocker, Executive Director, Museums Aotearoa

Position paper sent to the Minister and Associate Ministers for Arts, Culture & Heritage 23 April 2018, released via www.museumsaotearoa.org.nz on 31 July 2018.

The paper identifies where museums would like to work with Government to review, refocus and possibly re-prioritise existing government investment, as well as identify new initiatives which would allow museums to leverage their efforts on behalf of New Zealand as a whole.

It identifies four key areas in which museums could partner with Government to unlock new value for all of New Zealand. As well as providing vital cultural, economic and social agency, it invites the Government to see museums as:

  • A key partner in the formulation and roll out of new initiatives for regional economic development, particularly in employment and education.
  • A key partner in supporting the expectations and aspirations of iwi and Māori, as iwi increasingly care for and provide access to their taonga, including the development of cultural tourism opportunities.
  • A key partner with central and local government in promoting the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities.
  • A key partner, alongside libraries, archives and other cultural/memory institutions, in providing the framework for New Zealanders to explore and understand our national identity.