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Iwi Development Officer, Gavin Reedy, and workshop presenters, Norm Heke and Vicki-Anne Heikell at a workshop.
Iwi Development Officer, Gavin Reedy, and workshop presenters, Norm Heke and Vicki-Anne Heikell at a workshop.

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We need your help to improve the New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme

We’re currently working on refreshing the New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme Ngā Kaupapa Whaimana a Ngā Whare Taonga o Aotearoa (NZMSS), and we need your input.

The NZMSS was devised to provide a framework that would encourage museums of all sizes to continually improve their performance by working towards a set of standards relevant to New Zealand museums. Since 2002, approximately 25% of NZ museums have completed the NZMSS and many more use it as a resource.

It is now time for the NZMSS to be updated. We aim to encourage access and wider participation in the NZMSS and to continue to develop its usefulness to the sector. We are seeking your feedback on the report recommendations.

Once museum sector feedback is collected, the next step will be to form a working group to review and update specific standards.

Read the Report on the NZMSS (PDF, 727kB)
View the table of recommendations (PDF, 64kB). This can also be found on page 27 of the Report.
Provide your feedback by completing this short survey

Tauhere|Connections: call for submissions

The Emerging Museum Professionals (EMPs) group is proud to announce the inaugural issue of Tauhere | Connections, a professional publication for the museum sector of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The journal invites submissions from emerging and mid-career museum sector professionals, and will take a professional rather than academic approach. The first issue will be published online.  

Purpose and Launch
Tauhere | Connections will provide EMPs throughout the country with an opportunity to publish their insights, opinions and research on relevant topics across the museum sector. The first issue will be launched to coincide with the Museums Australasia 2016 Conference (Auckland, 15–19 May 2016).

The theme of the inaugural journal will mirror Museums Australasia 2016, Facing the Future: Local, Global and Pacific Possibilities.

Overarching theme: Hāngaitanga|Relevance
Subthemes: Custodianship; Place; Knowledge; Practice

These themes may be explored within local, Pacific or global contexts.

We are currently seeking submissions in English or te reo Māori. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic essays
  • Opinion pieces
  • Book reviews
  • Exhibition reviews
  • Practical articles
  • Feature articles

Submission lengths can be flexible but are capped at a maximum of 5,000 words. If supplying images to accompany your submission, please provide JPGs of no less than 300 dpi.

Submissions to the editorial team must be received by Friday 26 February 2016 and should be sent to for consideration.

For further information or queries, please contact editors Tamara Patten ( or Rebecca Keenan (

Download the Tauhere|Connections information flyer (PDF, 1.7MB)

New! He Rauemi Resource Guide 9: Copyright and Museums

We’ve produced a new resource guide – an update of Copyright and Museums. Our thanks go to Te Papa's Rights Advisor Victoria Leachman, who wrote the guide.

You can download this resource guide, and all our others, from our website for free.

Download He Rauemi Resource Guide 9: Copyright and Museums (PDF, 4.5MB)

New resource: Cultural Objects at Risk

On 26 September, Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM, gave a talk at Te Papa on Cultural Objects at Risk. Dr Hinz discussed ICOM’s Red List and Blue Shield systems, which are systems put in place for the protection of cultural objects in areas where there is unrest or natural disaster. We recorded the talk for those unable to attend.

All That Remains: WWI objects in New Zealand museum collections

We’re very excited to introduce All That Remains: WWI objects in New Zealand museum collections | He Waihotanga Iho mai i te Pakanga Tuatahi - 

All That Remains is a shared exhibition website that features objects from the home front and overseas. The website offers a platform for museums, galleries, historical societies, archives, iwi, and Returned and Services’ Associations to participate in the commemorations and showcase their WWI-related collections, stories, and activities to the world.

You’re invited to participate! Share your WWI-related collections items and profile your museum. You can also contribute to our collection of stories – share a WWI story, investigate a collection item in depth, or profile your organisation’s other WWI centenary activities.

Read more about participating in the All The Remains project (PDF, 202kB)

We’ve produced a poster and flyer that you can use to direct your museum’s visitors to see your WWI collection online. This is a great way to extend their visit beyond the physical display space.

All That Remains poster (PDF, 837kB)
All That Remains flyers (PDF, 1.5MB)
All That Remains email banner (PNG, 31kB)

Contact us for support to get involved

We hope you enjoy getting to know New Zealand’s wartime collections through All That Remains.

New public programmes resource online

We’ve developed a handy checklist to help guide development of a public programme. This resource was developed in collaboration with Rachel Ingram, Learning and Programmes Manager, Museum of Wellington City and Sea. It can be downloaded from our website for free.

Developing a public programme - checklist (PDF, 350kB)

New fundraising resources available online

We have two new resources available for free download on our website.

Where to find funding - in a nutshell (PDF, 250kB)
Collecting Fundraising Data - a simple example (PDF, 253kB)

New resources available online

We have two new resources available for free download on our website.

How to write an exhibition proposal (PDF, 316kB)
Tips for making effective labels (PDF, 923kB)

Free collection recovery guides

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, has produced All is not lost: the collection recovery book – a guide for disaster planning and recovery.

This spiral bound flip-book provides quick, basic instructions on salvaging materials damaged by water, fire, earthquake, insect infestation, or chemicals.

The materials covered include books, paper, framed works, photographs, electronic materials, furniture, musical instruments, ceramics, metal and stone, organic materials, plastics, and textiles.

We have a number of copies of this excellent book, which we would like to donate as a resource to small museums. We are grateful to the Australian High Commission, whose generous support allows us to supply this resource free of charge.

Copies of All is not lost are available on a first come, first served basis, one per museum.

Contact us for your free copy of All is not lost

Powerhouse Museum object name thesaurus

Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has developed an extensive object name thesaurus, and has agreed to share it with museums and galleries in New Zealand.  This is a great tool for establishing standardised terms for cataloguing collections, and also makes searching a lot easier.