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. 

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.

Job description: Senior Conservation Technician, MOTAT 2020


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

Job description for the position of Senior Conservation Technician at MOTAT, last updated February 2020.

Job description: Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Humanities, Te Papa 2020

1 Jan 2020

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

Job description for the position of Kaitiaki Taonga Collection Manager Humanities at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, last updated January 2020. 

Job description: Collection Assistant - Photography, MTG Hawke's Bay 2019

Job description for the position of Collection Assistant - Photography at MTG Hawke's Bay, last updated October 2019.

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.

Job description: Registrar Exhibitions and Touring, Hutt City Museums 2019

1 Aug 2019
Job description for the position of Registrar Exhibitions and Touring at Hutt City Museums (Dowse Art Museum and Petone Settlers Museum), last updated August 2019.