Te Rautaki o Te PapaOur strategy

Te Rautaki o Te Papa is Te Papa’s enduring strategy. It will guide our planning and decision-making processes, as well as the way we will work for years to come.

Our purpose

To understand and treasure the past, to enrich the present, and to meet the challenges of the future.

Our impact

  • Extraordinary experiences, new knowledge, and new connections.

  • Healing, reconciliation, and empowerment.

  • A thriving natural environment.

Our priorities

Hāpai ahurea

Transforming museum practice by centring Māori and communities in the care, understanding, and sharing of their taonga, mātauranga, and kōrero.

Upholding the mana of all cultures and communities.


Exploring our relationships with each other, as Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti, in this unique place. Offering a place to stand and a uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand experience.

Strengthening New Zealanders’ sense of belonging and identity.


Exploring our relationships with Papatūānuku, our environment.

Empowering New Zealanders to care for, protect, and restore Aotearoa’s environment and biodiversity.

Our vision

A Tiriti-based museum, where a collective commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi is fostered and Māori exercise tino rangitiratanga.

Te Rautaki o Te Papa – Te Papa Strategy (35.81 KB)

Find out more

See the Annual Report and key documents for Te Papa’s Annual Reports, Statements of Intent, and Statements of Performance Expectations.