Part 1: Impact on the nation 

Access all areas

Te Papa will reach out to the nation, sharing its collections, skills and knowledge with the diversity of communities across New Zealand.  

Key issues

This aspect of the vision received the largest amount of feedback indicating that issues of access are of the greatest concern to stakeholders. 

There was resounding support for an aspiration that enabled greater access to collections, skills, and knowledge. Stakeholder feedback was largely concerned with how Te Papa can achieve this aspiration.

In further developing strategies to achieve this aspiration, stakeholders were particularly keen to ensure that:

  • Te Papa continues to play a part in Wellington’s community, but also extends its role in supporting other regions to ensure greater access to the collections and skills within Te Papa. Stakeholders believe greater collaboration with the museum sector, regions, iwi, and other communities is the best way of achieving this outcome.
  • Te Papa maintains its place in the world and continues to have international focus by acting as an attraction for international visitors to New Zealand and by showcasing New Zealand overseas.
  • Te Papa recognises New Zealand’s increasingly diverse population in considering ways of improving access.

Forum for the future

As a cultural and intellectual leader, Te Papa will signpost pathways to the future by initiating, hosting, and engaging in debates that explore a wide range of contemporary issues.

Key issues

Overall stakeholders supported this aspiration, though they raised two key issues:

  • What does it mean to be a cultural and intellectual leader and in this role, how will Te Papa lead the discussion and debate on contemporary issues? and
  • How can Te Papa collect and address contemporary culture? 

The treasury

Taonga (treasures), within the guardianship of Te Papa, and the communication of its scholarship and Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to the world will be at the heart of Te Papa’s activities.

Key issues

There was widespread support from stakeholders for this aspiration; however, there was some confusion about the use of the word ‘taonga’ in this context and a concern that the word ‘treasury’ misrepresents it.

Several stakeholders focused on possible issues relating to communication of Te Papa’s scholarship and Mātauranga Māori. In particular, noting Te Papa’s capacity to develop research based knowledge and suggesting that greater collaboration between research entities would be necessary.

Saving the planet

Te Papa will engage and excite by conducting leading-edge research and by modelling environmentally responsible practices that are smart, accessible, and inspiring.

Key issues

Stakeholders believe that saving the planet is a good, although somewhat lofty aspiration for Te Papa and some wondered if it is Te Papa’s role to address this issue.  Many questioned how this would be achieved. 

Stakeholders wanted to ensure that any environmental position taken by Te Papa was based on sound research and this also raised concerns about Te Papa’s research capacity. Stakeholders again expressed a desire for greater collaboration and partnering in research.

The language used in this vision map statement was considered ambiguous by stakeholders.

Connecting with people

Te Papa will be a Waharoa (entranceway), making learning a playful and entertaining experience. Te Papa will set the highest possible standards for an integrated experience informed by innovative visitor research.

Key issues

Stakeholders agree that connecting with people is absolutely vital for Te Papa’s success.  Most feedback was largely concerned with how Te Papa aims to connect with people and there were many suggestions provided.

Stakeholders signalled the importance of striking the right balance between providing a playful and entertaining experience while also ensuring that the needs of culture and learning are met.

The idea of Te Papa as a Waharoa (entranceway) was supported as well as greater collaboration with people and their communities in creating the experience and connecting people with their taonga.

Stakeholder comments indicated that the language for this aspiration requires some improvement.

Sharing authority

Te Papa will share decision-making with iwi (tribes), communities, and individuals with respect to management and understanding of their taonga (treasures).

Key issues

This aspiration was positively supported by stakeholders. The majority of Māori stakeholders and iwi believe that this will set an example to others and addresses power-sharing in a pragmatic way.  It will however require greater support from Te Papa to help individuals, iwi and communities to care for taonga and meet the expectations of shared decision making.

Though this aspiration aims to express Te Papa’s bicultural principle, overall stakeholders were concerned that biculturalism and the Treaty partnership are not clearly addressed in the proposed vision and strategy.