National Services Te Paerangi works in partnership with museums, galleries and iwi (tribes) in New Zealand, offering a range of practical and strategic programmes aimed at strengthening the sector.
Training and skill development
National Services Te Paerangi is committed to building the skills of everybody volunteering or working in museums and improving opportunities for professional development. Our services and programmes cover all aspects of museum practice, and we provide training at both regional and national levels.
Development Officer service
Our friendly Development Officers provide support to museums, galleries and iwi to help them access the information and services they need, and to provide face-to-face support and advice on a variety of museum issues. This service is free.
New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme
The New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme helps you assess how your museum is currently doing, by reviewing your practices against a set of standards. You can see where you’re doing well, and identify areas you’d like to improve on.
National Services Te Paerangi offers four different funding grants, each designed to help your organisation achieve its goals.
Expert Knowledge Exchange
The Expert Knowledge Exchange offers museums, galleries, iwi or other cultural organisations the opportunity to host an expert from another organisation. The exchange involves placements for intensive one-on-one advice or workshopping for the organisation and its staff.
NZMuseums Website project
The NZMuseums website features nearly 400 New Zealand museums and related culture and heritage organisations. As well as being an online collection management system for small museums it is also a fantastic promotional tool for museums, and features news and blog sections.
We've gathered together a range of free, up-to-date online resources on museum-related topics, to create a central place for you to find the information you need. There are also hardcopy resources you can order, such as He Rauemi Resource Guides.
Museum Graduate Internship Programme
National Services Te Paerangi offers internships to recent graduates of museum studies as part of the Museum Graduate Internship Programme (MGIP). The internships are for up to three months to work on a specific project in a small, professionally staffed museum.
The Certificate in Museum Practice was developed in response to an identified need for an entry level museum qualification. The Certificate is administered by Service IQ. National Services Te Paerangi works to promote the qualification, as well as aligning our training and resources against the Certificate’s Unit Standards, and acting as assessors for the qualification.
Freephone helpline 0508 NSTP HELP
National Services Te Paerangi provides a freephone helpline service - 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743). The first of its kind, the purpose of this service is to provide improved access to information and advice to museums beyond the Wellington region at no cost to the caller.
Cultural Funding Guide
The Cultural Funding Guide search engine is designed to help arts, cultural, and heritage organisations match projects with potential funders. The search function is free to use.