Governance and leadership
Te whakahaere me te ārahi
Consult our guides on governing museums and galleries, and providing strategic leadership.
Governing a heritage institution
This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, explores the challenges faced by governing parties and outlines how to provide effective, strategic leadership.
Arts institutions may also be interested in this useful guide from Creative NZ:
Museums, galleries, other heritage organisations, and iwiiwi tribes have various options available for governance. This guide, from National Services Te Paerangi, takes you through a process of decision-making on governance, with a focus on New Zealand’s bicultural context.
Code of ethics and professional practice
Museums Aotearoa has published a code of ethics describing the responsibilities of museums, governing bodies, and staff to each other, the collections, and the public.
Make a strategic plan
What are the goals for your museum? How are you going to reach them? These are questions you address in a strategic plan. This guide offers you a process to follow in developing a plan.
Develop your business case
If you are planning a new museum, developing a business case will help you decide whether that is feasible. This guide explains how and when to develop a business case, and includes a template you can use for the process.
Reach new levels of professionalism with the New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme. See where your museum, gallery, or iwiiwi tribal organisation is doing well, and where it may need improvement.
See Staff and volunteer management for resources to assist you with the legal aspects of employing and managing staff.
Having robust policies in place can streamline decision-making and help your organisation run more effectively. Here are some good sample policy documents to guide you in developing your own.