Leadership, governance and compliance 

Big Ted's police uniform 1972-1988, Television New Zealand, New Zealand. Gift of Television New Zealand, 2005. © Te Papa.
Big Ted's police uniform 1972-1988, Television New Zealand, New Zealand. Gift of Television New Zealand, 2005. © Te Papa.

Manage resources and procedures

The following resources can help with some of the important aspects of running a museum or gallery: 

Planning a New Museum - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 2.93MB) 

Developing a strategic plan - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 926kB) 

Developing a marketing plan - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 1.21MB)

Developing business cases for museum projects - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 1.5MB)

Feasibility studies - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 530kB)

Getting Real – Project Definition & Feasibility - John Coster (DOC, 85kB)

Feasibility Studies information sheet - John Coster (DOC, 40kB)

Northland Museum Strategy - example (PDF, 697kB)

Developing policies

 Christchurch City Council Arts policies (PDF, 105kB)

Museum management

These resources will help you ensure museum resources are managed according to established policies, regular procedures and reporting mechanisms.

Governance and leadership

Museum standards

In order to familiarise yourself with proper museum practices, we recommend you consult with the New Zealand MuseumsStandards Scheme. The Standards Scheme can be used regularly as a guide to help you ensure that your organisation is reaching its full potential. It will also help you identify areas that may need improvement.

Trustees and director - roles and responsibilities

The following He Rauemi Resource Guides can provide information about museum governance and give examples of some of the different structures that institutions can follow. There is also information about the roles and responsibilities of key figures, as well as advice on how organisations can promote biculturalism within their own governance.

Governance Guidlines - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 499kB)

Bicultural Governance - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 1.86MB)

Training for governing bodies

Members of the governing body and advisory groups should have a sound understanding of the museum, its policies, issues, opportunities and constraints, in order to make effective decisions.

Developing a Training Plan - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 1.39MB)

Training evaluation - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 823kB)

Museum governance resources

Are our ideas about museums changng? - Elaine Heumann Gurian, Wellington, April 2010 (MP3, 69MB)

Managing your museum in economically challenging times - David Fleming,  National Museum Liverpool, Wellington, August 2009 (MP3, 53MB)

Security in museums (PDF, 921kB)

'Getting on Board' - A governance resource guide for arts organisations - Creative New Zealand (PDF, 2.32MB)


Ensure individuals, collections and taonga are legally protected. Find out more using these resources:

Copyright laws

Museums use copyrighted material all the time in their exhibitions, marketing, collections management, and public programming. However, just because a museum has an object or image in their possession, does not necessarily mean that they own the copyright. Museums, galleries, and other cultural organisations need to obtain permission to use copyrighted materials before they use them in things such as catalogues or promotional material.

For more information about copyright laws and how museums should deal with copyright material, read:

Copyright and Museums - He Rauemi Resource Guide (PDF, 4.5MB)

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