11 Jul 2021

Museums Aotearoa - a new direction

From Standing Room Only, 12:10 pm on 11 July 2021

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Dr Amber Aranui

Dr Amber Aranui Photo: supplied

Eloise Wallace

Eloise Wallace Photo: supplied


April this year saw a mass resignation of the board of Museums Aotearoa, reportedly over its governance and management.

There were concerns it might not survive the upheaval, but there's now a new board in place that's determined to keep it alive and relevant.

Museums Aotearoa advocates for museums, art galleries, heritage properties and their employees around the motu.

At the recent AGM, the two new co-chairs have said they want to revitalise the organisation, to restore confidence in it, and help members negotiate some big changes in the sector.

Eloise Wallace from Gisborne's Tairawhiti Museum is one of the new co-chairs.  And board member Dr Amber Aranui from Te Papa is heavily involved in Museums Aotearoa's new repatriation policy, regarding the return of ancestral remains to iwi.

Lynn Freeman talks with Eloise and Amber, first asking Eloise why Museums Aotearoa needed to hang in there after a tough few years.