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The role of Māori in Museums

This National Services Te Paerangi workshop is delivered in collaboration with ServiceIQ and in partnership with Canterbury Museum to assist Service IQ trainees and museum staff to understand the role of Māori in museums.


  • When Thu 30 Apr 2020, 9.00am–4.00pm
  • Where
    BNZ Partners Business Centre, Level 4, 111 Cashel Street, Christchurch
  • Cost Free to attend

Please note online delivery for this event is being investigated. If you are still interested in attending please register your interest in attending.


This workshop will cover:

ServiceIQ Unit Standard 20545: Demonstrate knowledge of Māori in museums

Day 1: Māori in Museums workshop

  • The responsibilities and obligations of museums in regards to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Contemporary Māori social structures and concepts and how these impact on museum practice
  • How Māori cultural customs can be woven into museum customer service
  • How Māori cultural customs can be woven into collection services, processes and public programmes.

Day 2: Assessment of above unit standard. Attendance is only required by those enrolled as a ServiceIQ trainee.

  • Trainees who are being assessed will need to be available for a 1 hour slot with one of the assessors to complete this unit standard.  
  • Assessment times will be scheduled at the end of the workshop on Day 1.

Who will I meet?

  • Paora Tibble is Kaiwhanake ā-Iwi | Iwi Development Advisor for National Services Te Paerangi. Paora is affiliated to Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa, Raukawa and Te Whānau-a-Apanui. Paora was the te reo Māori writer at Te Papa for over 6 years. During this time he has worked with various iwi, hapū and whānau in sharing the story of their taonga in Te Papa.
  • Migoto Eria is Pouwhirinaki ā-Iwi | Manager Iwi Development for National Services Te Paerangi. Migoto is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tuhoe and Ngāti Raukawa iwi. Migoto has been a curator Māori at various museums throughout Aotearoa for over 6 years and was previously curator Matauranga Maori here at Te Papa. Her interests extend to promoting te reo Māori and its use, an integral taonga to her mahi.
  • You will also meet other museum personnel in your region – a great networking opportunity!

Who is it for?

  • This is an introductory level workshop which gives ServiceIQ trainees and representatives from small museums, art galleries, heritage organisations and iwi organisations a great opportunity to learn more about the role of Māori in museums.
  • National Services Te Paerangi workshops are primarily for non-profit organisations in the museum and gallery sector and places may be restricted if there is high demand.
  • Note: If you are completing the ServiceIQ assessment on Day 2, you will need to be familiar with the content and concepts in the unit workbook before attending this session.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring a pen and paper to take notes
  • Morning & afternoon tea will be provided.
  • Please be aware that your photo may be taken during the workshop, and photos may be used for National Services Te Paerangi purposes.
  • If you are being assessed for this unit standard, you may be required to complete some pre-course work (details will be emailed to participants prior to the day). It is also recommended that you come to the assessment having completed the tasks in your workbook.

How do I sign up?

  • Register by contacting  Eva Huismans, Canterbury Museum on EHuismans@canterburymuseum.com
  • Places may be restricted if there is high demand.
  • If you have any questions about the assessment process please contact Paora Tibble on paorat@tepapa.govt.nz
  • The workshop is free to attend.