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 ethics@museumsaotearoa.org.nz 

 

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 ethics@museumsaotearoa.org.nz by Thursday 10 June 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.

Guidelines for the care of larger and working historic objects

1 Apr 2018
Practical conservation advice for owners of historic objects be they heritage organisations (museums, societies or heritage sites) or private individuals, irrespective of the size of their collection.

Working objects: guidelines for their operation and care

1 Jul 2017
Document developed to assist museums that are responsible for operating collection objects such as trams, motor vehicles, locomotives and so on.

Te Ara - Journal of Museums Aotearoa Online volume 33

1 Nov 2009

About Te Ara

Te Ara was the journal of Museums Aotearoa published twice a year from 2002 to 2005 and online in 2007 and 2009. 

You can download Volume 33 in the form it was published from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

This issue

Lost in the museum: buried treasures and the stories they tell

Author: Nancy Moses
Reviewed by Natasha Barrett