Governance - Mana Whakahaere

The Museum’s governance model is based on the principles of partnership and two cultures development arising from the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Governance of the Museum is carried out by a Joint Council that operates much like a conventional board, except that decisions require the approval of two partners represented as Tikanga Groups on the Joint Council.

Tikanga Groups - Ngā Ohu Tikanga

A Civic House and a Tikanga Māori House represent their communities and operate according to their own tikanga (cultural protocols). They bring forward policy proposals or other matters to the Joint Council which requires that any proposals coming from either group, or jointly from both, need to have passed two tests:

  • consistency with the Treaty of Waitangi, and
  • adequate consultation between the partners.

The tikanga groups may also respond to matters put to them by the Joint Council.

Decision Making - Te Mana Whakatau

Decisions are made by consensus. Joint Council or subcommittee decisions require the agreement of the majority of both partners.
 

FEATURED PHOTO

This photograph is of the Manganui-o-te-Ao River, a tributary of the Whanganui River, around the turn of the 20th century. There are signs of habitation, with planted crops and neat fences. The tents may have belonged to the party of the photographer, F J Denton. This image is one that provokes admiration at its composition, its atmosphere and its technical competence. It tells us a lot about what was happening on and around this cold tributary of the Whanganui River at the turn of the twentieth century and it shows how little the area has changed in comparison to the widespread loss of bush and river pollution in nearby places.