Publications & resources relating to core museological capabilities that collect, curate, conserve, and protect taonga. Includes physical and digital access to collections and expertise; and curatorial research, collection management and development, conservation, exhibition development and outreach. Also includes job descriptions for conservators, collection managers, collection assistants, registrars, technicians, loans officers, archivists. 

2023 National Visitors Survey

20 Feb 2023 - 1 Apr 2023

Museums Aotearoa is conducting the annual National Visitors Survey again this year.

Email us to register.

Simplified Survey Process

We have heard your feedback about the survey taking valuable resources so we have simplified the process for 2023.

The Value of the Sector: Research Member Toolkit

Just released research, commissioned by Museums Aotearoa and delivered by BERL, gives funders a New Zealand-specific evidence base for more accurately measuring the contribution of the sector.

This research enables you to make a clear case for change with local decision-makers and funders.

It also provides detailed community insights as to how we can increase accessibility, improve diversity and get better reach for our collections and exhibitions.

National Visitor Survey 2022

24 Aug 2022

National Visitor Survey 2022

The National Visitor Survey (NVS) 2022 paints a broadly similar picture to the NVS survey conducted in 2021. The sample size for the 2022 survey was 704 valid responses from 18 galleries and museums, which is considerably smaller than previous years (2,645 in 2021, and 1,684 in 2020).

The 2022 results are summarised as follows:

National Repatriation Policy for Kōiwi Tangata and Associated Burial Taonga within Aotearoa

This is a new Policy document prepared by the National Repatriation Network and reviewed alongside the MA Code of Ethics during 2020. 

It was adopted at the Museums Aotearoa Annual General Meeting on 24 June 2021.  

Queries can be sent to 


Code of Ethics & Professional Practice 2021



Extinct Species Trade Regulations DRAFT submission

26 Aug 2020 - 29 Sep 2020

New proposed regulations under the Wildlife Act 1953 will prohibit – with some exemptions – the sale and purchase of bones, eggs, and other remains of extinct native species. Visit the DoC website for the discussion document and submission details. Submissions are due on 28 September 2020.

This draft museum/research sector base submission has been prepared by Colin Miskelly in consultation with interested experts from across the sector to assist institutions and individuals with making their own submissions.

National Repatriation Addendum for Kōiwi Tangata and Associated Burial Taonga within Aotearoa

19 Aug 2020

This National Repatriation Addendum has been created to offer guidance for museums in taking an ethical approach to the respectful management of kōiwi tangata within their care.

Consultation on the adoption of this addendum is part of the review of the Museums Aotearoa Code of Ethics, August-October 2020.

Feedback on the review is open until 12 October.

Several online hui are being held to offer discussion and feedback opportunities. See events listings for details.

Zui recording: Digital opportunities

19 Jun 2020
Video recording of zui kōrero on digital opportunities during COVID-19.

MOTAT Collections Copyright Framework (June 2020)

19 Jun 2020
The objective of this framework is to set out clear and transparent guidance for the use and reuse of copyrighted works.

Arms Act - NZ Police information for collectors

5 Sep 2019
Information circulated by NZ Police for firearms collectors (including museums) about prohibited items, storage requirements and licence processes.