How we help museums and galleries 

Stephanie Chalmers from Waikato Museum at an Exhibition design workshop.
Stephanie Chalmers from Waikato Museum at an exhibition design workshop.

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 three 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

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.

National Certificate in Museum Practice

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.

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.