Work with iwi & museums 

Te Papa photographer presenting at a Digital photography and paper conservation workshop
Te Papa photographer Michael Hall presenting at a Digital photography and paper conservation workshop

National Services Te Paerangi is the Te Papa division that works with museums, iwi (tribal groups), and related New Zealand organisations. Te Papa also has an Iwi Exhibition Programme. Additionally, we are responsible for returning ancestral remains to their communities of origin through the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme.

National Services Te Paerangi 
Iwi Exhibition Programme
Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme

National Services Te Paerangi

National Services Te Paerangi works with museums, galleries, iwi (tribal groups), and related New Zealand organisations. Our aim is to support these organisations to become self-sustaining and to enhance museum services through collaboration.

Discover how we help through resources, training, funding grants, advice, and collaborative opportunities, including hui (gatherings). Access specific resources and a calendar of events. Find out about our team and how to contact us. Also read our latest news.

Read more about National Services Te Paerangi.

Iwi Exhibition Programme

The Iwi Exhibition Programme gives iwi (tribal groups) the chance to present their taonga (Māori cultural treasures) and stories in a national forum. The taonga may come from iwi collections at Te Papa or other New Zealand museums.

Iwi work collaboratively with Te Papa to design the exhibitions for the iwi gallery. While the exhibitions are on, kaumātua (elders) from the iwi are in residence at the Museum. They carry out ceremonial duties on The Marae among other roles.

Read more about The Marae, Te Papa’s communal meeting place.

The Iwi Exhibition Programme is an important expression of mana taonga – the role of communities in the understanding and care of collections. This concept underpins Te Papa’s guardianship of all taonga.

Iwi exhibitions

Tai timu, tai pari, Tainui: Journey of a people – 3 September 2011 to 2 March 2014 
Mō Tātou: The Ngāi Tahu Whānui Exhibition – 8 July 2006 to 9 August 2009
Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi – 29 November 2003 to 27 May 2006
Tūhoe: Children of the Mist – November 2001 to November 2003
Te Aupouri Iwi: People of Smoke and Flame – August 1999 to October 2001
Te Ātiawa – February 1998 to August 1999

Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme

The Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme aims to repatriate kōiwi and kōimi tangata (Māori and Moriori human remains) from overseas institutions to relevant New Zealand iwi (tribal groups). Te Papa carries out this work on behalf of the New Zealand Government, which provides the funding. The programme relies on iwi involvement and support throughout.

Read more about the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme.