Collections & research

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. 

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

This is the final draft of the revised Museums Aotearoa Code of Ethics & Professional Practice for Governing Bodies, Manager and Staff of Museums and Art Galleries in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

It is intended for ratification at the Annual General Meeting on 24 June 2021.  Any comments can be sent to by Thursday 10 June 2021.


Collections Assistant: Job description

12 Feb 2021

Assistant Curator Modern and Contemporary Māori Art: Job description

11 Feb 2021

MOTAT objects for disposal (Feb 2021)

11 Dec 2020 - 12 Jan 2021
Two objects for possible disposal

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.

Job description: Collections Manager, Te Awamutu Museum 2020


A selection of job description exemplars is available to MA members.

Job description for the position of Collections Manager at Te Awamutu Museum, last updated May 2020.