Gifting to the Te Papa Foundation

Your gift to the Foundation marks the beginning of a special partnership with Te Papa. 

Te Papa’s ambitions and obligations as the national museum are diverse and exciting but financially challenging.  

The Foundation’s aim is to support the work of Te Papa by building an investment fund of $50 million in 10 years, including an art acquisition fund of $5 million, through philanthropy and the generosity of donors.  

Your gift to the Foundation will help us ensure Te Papa has the resources to present, explore and preserve its heritage, cultures and learnings for centuries to come.  

Detail of stained glass


Detail of Te Marae doors, which represent Ranginui, 2010. Photograph by Kate Whitley, © Te Papa

How you can help

The Foundation accepts donations at any time, in a number of ways. All donations are receipted.

Donate online 

This is the simplest way to donate. Complete the form with your details, select your gifting level and make your payment by credit card or direct debit via secure link.

Donate online

Donate by post

Complete the form with your choice of payment details and send Freepost to the Foundation. 

Gifting from the UK in GB£

The Foundation welcomes donations from UK residents to support Foundation activities in London in 2018/19, and to directly support Te Papa’s ambitions.

Find out more about donating from the UK >

Gifting levels

Higher level gifting options range from $7500 to $5 million, and may be spread over several years. Major Benefactors and Partners are acknowledged on an honours board in Te Papa. Donors may also choose to remain anonymous.

If you select a payment level that can be spread over multiple years, we will send you a letter each year to remind you about your pledge to donate.

People viewing Pacific artifacts


Pacific Store Tour. Photograph by Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Online payment security

Donations made online are processed through the secure DPS Payment Express system. No credit card information is stored by us and we are PCI compliant. Any payment made in error, or made for an incorrect amount will be refunded on receipt of a written request from the donor and evidence of the transaction, e.g. copy of bank or credit card statement. 

Tax deductible

The Foundation is a NZ registered charitable trust. Donations of $5 or more are claimable for a tax credit if you are a NZ tax resident.

Keeping in touch

The Foundation communicates with donors at various times to advise about activities, exhibitions and other news or opportunities to engage with Te Papa.

Contact us

Talk to us about supporting the Foundation through gifting or making a bequest.


Phone:   +64 4 381 7198