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

Dating from the 1920s, taken from Cooks Gardens looking towards Queens Park in Whanganui, the feature of this photograph is the Sarjeant Art Gallery. The Sarjeant was built with the bequest of Henry Sarjeant. When he died in 1912, he left property in Whanganui valued at 30,000 pounds ($4,697,800 in today's money) in a trust for the purposes of building and maintaining an art gallery in his memory. The Sarjeant was opened in September 1919 by the Prime Minister the Right Honourable William Massy.