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

Dustins Ltd was a catering firm founded in Whanganui in 1880 by William Dustin. The firm was in business until 1957. During World War I Dustins ran the military canteens at Trentham and Featherston army camps. This photograph, taken in 1940, shows the Dustins Ltd shop at 43 Victoria Avenue in Whanganui. This photograph comes from the Tesla Studios Collection.