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Iwi Development Officer, Gavin Reedy, and workshop presenters, Norm Heke and Vicki-Anne Heikell at a workshop.
Iwi Development Officer, Gavin Reedy, and workshop presenters, Norm Heke and Vicki-Anne Heikell at a workshop.

Keep up to date with the latest news, events, resources and initiatives.

New fundraising resources available online

We have two new resources available for free download on our website.

Where to find funding - in a nutshell (PDF, 250kB)
Collecting Fundraising Data - a simple example (PDF, 253kB)

Update on National Services Te Paerangi grants programme

The first half of our financial year (1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014) has been a great one for grants. We have supported 32 Helping Hands Grants, 20 Travel Subsidy Grants, 4 Professional Development Grants and 3 Strategic Project Grants. Many museums, galleries and iwi organisations have important projects underway and it has been exciting to be able to support them.

Here's a snapshot:

The Helping Hands Grant programme has been particularly active. This year we have helped museums purchase photo display panels, mannequins and lighting to improve displays, funded brochure printing and street signage, and supported applications for a multitude of storage solutions.

Rakiura Heritage Trust and Mairangi Arts Centre both used the Helping Hands Grant to purchase archival storage materials to continue working on projects supported by National Services Te Paerangi’s Expert Knowledge Exchange programme.

North Otago Museum used a Professional Development Grant to send a staff member to the Australian Society of Archivists Conference in Canberra, while Whangarei Art Museum applied to send a staff member to the 15th Korea Foundation Workshop for Curators in Seoul.

Whanganui Regional Museum and Corban Estate Arts Centre were two of our successful Strategic Project Grant applicants. WhanganuiRegionalMuseum completed a significant piece of work towards their World War I commemorations programme, whilst Corban Estate Arts Centre conducted a review of their trust board.

A number of projects are in progress or will be delivered over the next few months. We look forward to bringing you an update on the progress of these projects too.

Please note that we are not accepting any further grant applications this financial year. An exception to this is Travel Subsidy Grants for attendance at Museums Aotearoa 2014 only.

We will accept applications again from 1 July 2014 for Helping Hands Grants, Travel Subsidy Grants and Professional Development Grants.  An announcement of dates for the next contestable Strategic Project Grants round will be made soon after.

In the meantime, have a think about your organisation's needs, and get ready to apply from July. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss, or get some advice on, your future grant application.


New resources available online

We have two new resources available for free download on our website.

How to write an exhibition proposal (PDF, 316kB)
Tips for making effective labels (PDF, 923kB)

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Community

Auckland War Memorial Museum would like all museums and heritage organisations to know about the Cenotaph Community Programme. Their message follows:

Kia ora tatou,

We would like to let you know about this project and we hope to hear from you if you think that your centenary activity could link at all with our Cenotaph project.

Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Community – Supporting regional and national WWI community activities

We aim to maximise community engagement with Cenotaph by providing a readymade and flexible service to benefit our national and regional partners such as RSA, libraries, national war memorials, schools, local interest groups, and museums. Realising that resources and needs will vary, our offer will include portable resources, displays and versatile film promotional pieces.

The Cenotaph Community Programme will: 

  • In collaboration with local partners, set up and host Cenotaph display stands complete with Auckland Museum WWI experts and Cenotaph access points (4–6 per annum over the four-year commemoration period). Visitors keen to share their family history and objects will be welcomed and encouraged to add content to Cenotaph.
  • Provide online resources such as a short film which tells the story of Cenotaph while encouraging engagement. Ideal for partners who would like to share the opportunity via their own website or community programme.
  • Develop a registry of interest – community interest in WWI and Cenotaph will be very high and we would like to ensure that people have a central area to register their interest in Cenotaph online, onsite or offline. This will enable us to keep people informed about upcoming Cenotaph events in their region and online.

Cenotaph Community will take the form of a national campaign, online information and support, brochures on site and an expert team at selected events to promote long-term engagement with this vital resource.

The local events will promote Cenotaph and encourage online access while also providing people an opportunity to register their interest in attending a future regional event where they can meet a WWI expert, discuss their stories and upload content to Cenotaph.

The events are in conjunction with local partners and will respond to local needs. The offer of support may vary from online resources, small display stands or the larger event presence. In summary – we aim to support New Zealand communities and provide a selection of Cenotaph-based programmes to suit their needs.

I want to learn more about my family history…

I want to share my story...

I trust this provides some clarity around Auckland War Memorial Museum WWI commemoration plans. The public will benefit from their connection to a well thought out and welcoming commemoration space, improved access to the wonderful Cenotaph Database and nationwide access via Cenotaph Community.

Essential to our funding applications is the need to provide letters which demonstrate a community voice, backing and support. We would be most grateful if you could provide a letter of support, with particular reference to your relationship, experience and connection to WWI, Cenotaph and Auckland War Memorial Museum.

If you would like to learn more about Auckland War Memorial Museum’s plans please contact Toni Mackinnon, Manager Learning and Engagement, Auckland War Memorial Museum, on

Free collection recovery guides

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, has produced All is not lost: the collection recovery book – a guide for disaster planning and recovery.

This spiral bound flip-book provides quick, basic instructions on salvaging materials damaged by water, fire, earthquake, insect infestation, or chemicals.

The materials covered include books, paper, framed works, photographs, electronic materials, furniture, musical instruments, ceramics, metal and stone, organic materials, plastics, and textiles.

We have a number of copies of this excellent book, which we would like to donate as a resource to small museums. We are grateful to the Australian High Commission, whose generous support allows us to supply this resource free of charge.

Copies of All is not lost are available on a first come, first served basis, one per museum.

Contact us for your free copy of All is not lost

Post-earthquake support

Our thoughts are with those affected by the Central New Zealand earthquakes which took place over the weekend. If you have any concerns about your museum or gallery following these earthquakes, we're here to help.

If you need any assistance or advice please call freephone 0508 678 743 or email Alternatively you can contact your regional Development Officer directly for support.

New! He Rauemi Resource Guide 18: Caring for Māori Textiles

We’ve produced a new resource guide – an update of Caring for Māori Textiles. Our thanks go to Te Papa Conservator Rangi Te Kanawa, who wrote the text, and museum graduate intern Christen McAlpine who managed the project.

One free copy of Caring for Māori Textiles has been mailed out to all museums – if you haven’t received yours, let us know. Further copies are available for purchase. You can also download this resource guide, and all our others, from our website for free.

Download Caring for Māori Textiles (PDF, 3.3MB).

Surplus mannequins available

Te Papa has approximately 50 mannequins of various types that they need to remove from stock, and they are offering these to other museums.

The mannequins are available on a first in, first served basis, and can be collected 12-28 June.

Read the information sheet to find out more about the types of mannequin available.

Interested, or want to know more?  Contact Hayden Prujean on

It's goodbye from ATTTO, and hello to ServiceIQ

ServiceIQOn 1 January 2013, the Aviation Tourism Travel Training Organisation (ATTTO), Hospitality Standard Institute (HSI) and Retail Institute joined forces to become ServiceIQ, the ITO for the aviation, hospitality, museum, tourism, travel, retail and wholesale industries. The combined industries provide a wide range of services to both international and domestic visitors, and enhance visitors’ experience.

Man holding newspaper circa 1935-1939, Kirker, Marion (1879–1971), United Kingdom. Gift of Anne Kirker, 1993. Te Papa
Man holding newspaper circa 1935-1939, Kirker, Marion (1879–1971), United Kingdom. Gift of Anne Kirker, 1993. Te Papa

There are almost 70,000 businesses in the sectors represented by ServiceIQ, many of them small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs), as well as large national organisations. In 2011, approximately 19 per cent of the New Zealand workforce -362,780 people - were employed fulltime in the service sector. 

ServiceIQ – 'shorthand' for service industry qualifications that develop smarter people for smarter businesses – aims to have a world class New Zealand service industry through qualified people. By helping to produce a workforce with nationally recognised qualifications who contribute to greater business productivity, and profitability, the ITO will help increase our sector’s contribution to the national economy.

The sectors ServiceIQ represents contributed approximately $27.4 million to the New Zealand economy in 2011. This is a sizeable contribution of approximately 14 per cent towards national GDP. In addition, the service sector supports one of New Zealand’s largest export industries – tourism - which earned approximately $9.7 billion in the year to March 2011.

The new organisation will cover the majority of service industries, providing core skills that are transferable across the service sector for all employees and businesses. This promises better outcomes for trainees, such as the ability to transfer their skills, and to receive the better quality training and assessment that a larger-scale organisation will bring. ServiceIQ will become the one central point of contact for service businesses and employees, reducing duplication, administrative and compliance costs for employers.

In 2013, ServiceIQ will be looking at how it can better support the on-job delivery of qualifications to ensure they really do make a positive difference and reflect how learning and assessment actually occurs in the workplace. The ITO is making progress on what it will offer as online training– an e-learning package- and looks forward to bringing that into the mix soon.

A key benefit of the new ITO is that it will be able to offer a wider range of qualifications, including the vital core skills that are transferrable across the service sector industries it covers.  Skills specific to each industry will not be lost either, with the provision of specialist qualifications continuing under the one umbrella.

If you are enroled in the National Certificate of Museum Practice, you may notice branding start to change from ATTTO to ServiceIQ, as ATTTO branding is phased out. Otherwise, business as usual.

For more information, visit

Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre intern opportunity

As a result of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2011, a number of cultural collections in the region were left damaged and without homes.

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand (Christchurch) has dedicated the use of most of a new building, completed in early 2013, to establish the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre (CCCRC). The centre will be active for three years to assist organisations that have collections displaced and damaged as a result of the earthquakes with storage, conservation, re-housing, documentation, cataloguing, and training.

Many of Canterbury’s smaller museums, archives, and heritage groups have lost their premises and have no resources to fund storage. Even when they can find storage, they can’t access their collections, records and files. Some don’t yet even know what has in fact been salvaged. The CCCRC will provide a venue where they can bring their collections and people together with space and facilities for cataloguing and documentation, preventive conservation, including cleaning, boxing and display preparation. There will be no charge to museums using the space.    

National Services Te Paerangi (supported by funds from the Friends of Te Papa and OMV Limited) is seeking applications from recent Museum Studies graduates to intern at the CCCRC for a period of 12 months.

The successful applicant will have the ability to work flexibly across a wide range of collection focused tasks. Although the position will have a dedicated supervisor, and conservation expertise will be available, the CCCRC intern must be able to work independently with confidence. The CCCRC intern must be prepared to work flexible hours with at least one day per weekend as part of their 5 day week (this is to ensure that volunteer based organisations are able to access and work on their collections).

The CCCRC intern must also be able to relate to a wide range of people to ensure that those who are accessing their collections feel supported and respected. The intern will be required to write a monthly blog update for National Services Te Paerangi and must be prepared to speak to visiting interest groups from time to time.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a graduate to put into practice a wide range of collection management skills with an enormously diverse range of objects, while developing their knowledge of the museum sector in a collaborative learning environment. The CCCRC internship is only open to graduates of New Zealand based museum studies programmes who have graduated within the last two years. The 12 month internship is expected to begin in April 2013, and has a total stipend of $35,360.00. The intern will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

To apply please complete the application form and send to before 5pm on Monday 25 March 2013.   

If you have any questions please contact National Services Te Paerangi: | 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743)

Download the Museum Graduate Internship application form (DOC, 70.5kB)

NEW! Video case studies - NSTP grants

Want to learn more about NSTP grants and get some tips from successful past applicants? Then take a look at our new video case studies, where you can learn more about applying for Strategic Project Grants, Helping Hands Grants, and the Expert Knowledge Exchange. We’ll be adding more to our video case study collection in future, so stay tuned!

Big thanks to our stars – Rowan Carroll of New Zealand Police Museum, Catherine Hammond of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and Celia Walker of Devonport Museum.

NEW! Disaster preparedness poster

Our new disaster preparedness posters provide a quick reference guide to help your museum prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impact of a disaster. Your first copy is free – all you have to do is ask!

View the disaster preparedness poster (PDF, 906kB)
       Email us to order your free copy.

Remember to include a postal address. You can order additional copies of the poster for $15 each. Posters are A2 size.

New resources available

We've produced four great new resources which are available for free download:


Object entry flow chart (PDF, 163kB)

Lighting books for sale

Following on from our April workshop ‘Lighting for the Future’, we are pleased to let you know that presenter Kit Cuttle’s books Light for Art’s Sake and Lighting by Design are available for purchase online.

Find out more and place an order.

30% off valuation services at Webb's

Need a few objects or your whole collection valued? Look no further. We have brokered a deal with Webb’s just for you. If you mention this deal when you enquire about valuation with Webb's, you’ll receive 30 percent off the overall cost.

If you need 15 or fewer items valued, you can send photos and descriptions to Webb's. This reduces the cost because no site visit is necessary. The valuation will be completed and supplied within 10 days. Discounted costs for valuations with no site visit are:

  • 1–5 items: $150 + GST
  • 6–15 items: $295 + GST

If Webb's staff think that an item requires a site visit or further inspection, they’ll discuss this with you and adapt the quote to suit. 

For more than 15 items, Webb's recommend a site visit. Visiting does increase the cost, but with 30 percent off, you’ll still get a very good deal.

For more information:

Powerhouse Museum object name thesaurus

Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has developed an extensive object name thesaurus, and has agreed to share it with museums and galleries in New Zealand.  This is a great tool for establishing standardised terms for cataloguing collections, and also makes searching a lot easier.

Watch some how-to videos to help you use eHive

eHive have created some easy-to-follow how-to videos. One is about eHive and the other is about creating collection records.