Bicultural developmentTe whanaketanga tikanga rua

Museums in New Zealand increasingly accept that iwi must be involved in the interpretation, exhibition, and care of all taonga. That involvement can only be achieved from the base of a strong and effective partnership between iwi and museums.

These guides, from National Services Te Paerangi, look at ways museums can work towards partnerships in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

A Guide to Guardians of Iwi Treasures – He Rauemi Resource Guide (770.55 KB)

Mātauranga Māori and Museum Practice – He Rauemi Resource Guide (1.43 MB)

Bicultural Governance – He Rauemi Resource Guide (1.96 MB)


The reports below are available for purchase though National Services Te Paerangi:

  • Bicultural Developments in Museums of Aotearoa: What is the current status? (1997)

  • Bicultural Developments in Museums of Aotearoa: A Way Forward (1999)

  • Mātauranga Māori and Museum Practice: A Discussion (2007)

Purchase National Services Te Paerangi reports

Table centrepiece, in the form of a Mamaku (tree fern), circa 1890, New Zealand, by Frank Grady. Purchased 1987 with Charles Disney Art Trust funds. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH003567)