On the road in the North Island – March 2017

By Sally August, Museum Development Adviser North Island, National Services Te Paerangi

When I last wrote my on-the-road diary we were heading towards Christmas, and the NSTP team and I were working hard to get all of our practical and strategic sector partnerships wrapped up for the calendar year. Now the GLAM sector, including the various museum studies programmes and the National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) team, is in full swing! And as I write this, I’m mindful that we’re getting close to yet another key date – the closing date of our grants programme for this financial year on 30 April. Thank you to all of you who have been contacting our team to talk through your grant applications; it’s been wonderful to see them flying in, thick and fast. It has been helpful talking to many of you about your applications, and ensuring they fit the grant criteria.

Please note our Professional Development Grant allocations for this financial year have already been tapped dry. You can begin applying again for this grant, and all others, on 1 July 2017, the beginning of our new financial year.

Our team closes off applications on 30 April to ensure all approved grants are processed before the next round begins. A friendly reminder to all museum, gallery or iwi organisations that have had a NSTP grant approved in the last few months, and haven’t yet received these funds – please get your organisation’s invoice in as soon as possible. If you have any questions about our payment process please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to hearing from you, and closing off yet another successful NSTP grant year.

Learn more about NSTP grants

Professional development opportunity coming up in Northland

Northland Museums Association (NMA), Packard Motor Museum and I have been working towards their next cluster request workshop, to be held at the Packard Motor Museum in Maungatapere, Whangarei. The focus of this development opportunity is Governance and Health & Safety, and special thanks must go to our expert tutors Henry Broughton, Sector Manager at the Office of the Auditor-General, and Kevin Bly from Te Papa for their continued support.

Find out more about this workshop and register to attend

You may also be eligible to apply for a Travel Subsidy Grant to support your attendance. Find out more

 Opportunities for museum training

Tapui pā visit with Scott Riki, 2017

In the last month some of our team have been sharing knowledge with Museum Studies programmes around Aotearoa. Victoria Esson, Head of NSTP, has recently spoken with students at both the Massey University and Victoria University Museum Studies programmes, sharing her experience and knowledge alongside the expert tutelage of Susan Abasa and Conal McCarthy. In early March, Paora Tibble I spent a day at the wonderful Te Ara Pourewa programme.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to meet the new students, the future leaders in our area, and share examples and case studies of the work that our team do in partnership with the GLAM sector. When speaking at Te Ara Pourewa, Paora and I drew students’ attention to the many museum and iwi organisations in Aotearoa, and talked about the expert work that is taking place, acknowledging the dedication and expertise in our communities. This led to discussions about how people in our communities are often the holders of great knowledge that isn’t written in any book, or can’t be found on the internet. They are the tohunga (experts). We acknowledged that if we work in partnership where power and control is shared, individuals, our sector, and communities can experience a profound difference.

We and the students gave examples of experts we knew, have worked with and learnt from that are in our communities and not in large institutions like museums. We talked about how as a sector we need to continue to find ways in which a space is open for these experts to demonstrate and share knowledge – not strictly under our terms, but through open communication, and shared power and control. If we in positions of power and privilege don’t effect this change, there is a real likelihood that New Zealand’s history, culture and practice could be lost, or as many acknowledged, will continue to be lost.

Paora and I thought it would be interesting for sector to get a feel for how this relatively new museum studies programme is going, and hear from Michelle Horwood (Programme Co-ordinator and Lecturer) and her wonderful students! So here we go…

“What I learnt and the info I dug up while completing the activities and assignments will be with me forever.”  – Te Ara Pourewa student 2016

Visit to Kaiora pā, 2017

Te Ara Pourewa Heritage and Museum Studies is a Graduate Diploma designed to increase Māori heritage and museum expertise by providing students with a pathway from previous study to professional work within the sector and communities, or to more advanced study. Graduates acquire skills to understand and apply mātauranga Māori to the heritage and museum sector, while also gaining a broad and practical knowledge of heritage management and museum practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Te Ara Pourewa is based at Toihoukura, the School of Māori Visual Arts at EIT’s Tairāwhiti campus in Gisborne. It is a blended delivery programme with both face-to-face (wānanga and internship) and on-line components. Michelle Horwood says she works with an incredible team at Toihoukura and has received amazing support from members of Tairāwhiti community as well as sector colleagues during the development of the programme and its first year of offer in 2016.

Manutuke Te Poho o Rukupo with Stan Pardoe and NSTP, 2017

A special mention to Tairāwhiti Museum’s director and staff for their continual, enthusiastic support and involvement.

Archives preservation wānanga with Vicki-Anne Heikell, 2016

 Te Ara Pourewa’s awesome first year student cohort tackled the programmes’ intellectual and cultural challenges enthusiastically and passionately, making the most of every opportunity offered to them. Friday 5 May 2017 will be a celebratory day when they all they graduate.

“I really thoroughly loved the paper. From an artistic pov [point of view] it has been invaluable. Being able to visualize Māori art on a continuum from traditional to contemporary, and understanding what distinguishes Māori art and makes it relevant, contemporary taonga is essential info for any Māori artist.”  – Christie Patumaka, 2016 student

The final course in the programme is an Internship, which draws together the students’ learning from throughout the year in a 200-hour supervised sector placement. The students had some amazing opportunities during these placements including:

  • Researching and writing text for the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition at Tairāwhiti Museum
  • Translating letters in Māori from William Colenso during MTG Hawke’s Bay’s Māori manuscript digitisation project
  • Taking part in the repatriation of a 150 year old Pai Mārie flag from Scotland at Wairoa Museum – “So grateful to have been a part of this kaupapa.”
  • Developing education resources for schools for Dick Frizzell exhibition Artists Proof at Tairāwhiti Museum
  • Participating in pōwhiri for taonga returning to Tūranga for the Ko Rongowhakaata exhibition

Natasha Hanara on placement Tairāwhiti Museum, 2016

Students also had some unexpected experiences:


Te Kura Whare – Starstruck students at Te Uru Taumatua Taneatua, 2016

Wānanga – Te Poho o Rawiri with Nick Tūpara, 2016

“I loved learning about the history of Aotearoa and relating it to museums and the taonga in the museums.” – Te Ara Pourewa student, 2016

If you’re looking into development opportunities in the GLAM sector and iwi cultural heritage, then I’d highly recommend looking to this programme and the others listed below to find the best fit for you.  If you’d like to talk to one of our team about this, please feel free – we’re always here to help.

Museum studies programmes in New Zealand

Te Ara Pourewa: Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies

This programme is run out of Toihoukura, EIT’s Gisborne campus and is a Level 7 qualification. It’s a blend of wānanga, internship, and online learning. The online interactive platform allows students to be based anywhere. This is a relatively new Graduate Diploma that has been specifically developed to increase heritage and museum expertise, with specific emphasis on Te Ao Māori, and the protection, preservation and elevation of taonga Māori. The key contact for this programme is Michelle Horwood, Toihoukura – EIT.

Find out more about Te Ara Pourewa

ServiceIQ – New Zealand Certificate in Museum Practice

This is an entry level qualification for people already working or volunteering in the museum sector. NSTP supports this qualification, and we have a number of assessors in our team.

To find out more about this programme or to speak with one of the regional Training Advisers click on the links below:

Find out more about ServiceIQ’s NZ Certificate in Museum Practice

Contact a regional ServiceIQ Training Adviser near you

Massey University Museum Studies

This study starts at a postgraduate level, with options to go through to Masters and PhD. It is for students or people working and volunteering in sector that are looking to broaden their knowledge, and want to advance their career options in museums. This programme is run from the Palmerston North campus by Susan Abasa, and is undertaken mostly by distance learning.

Find out more about Massey University Museum Studies

Victoria University Museum and Heritage Studies  

This programme is based out of Wellington, and has support from the numerous arts, culture and heritage organisations in the region, including Te Papa. This programme is at a number of levels, including Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD. The key contact for this programme is Conal McCarthy. Conal and his team have a number of advisors, and supporting teaching and honorary research associates.

Find out more about Victoria University of Wellington Museum and Heritage Studies

Nāku noa

Nā Sally August