Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi and Museums Aotearoa

Key to the development of our museum and the high quality of our exhibition and experience delivery is Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi, the Government arm of Te Papa Museum. Their mission is to work throughout Aotearoa in partnership with museums, galleries, volunteers and iwi offering a range of practical and strategic programmes aimed at strengthening the sector.

Museums Aotearoa, Te Tari o Ngā Whare Taonga o Te Motu is also one of our key partners. They are the independent professional association for New Zealand’s museums and galleries and those who work for them. 

They support the museums of Aotearoa to be thriving and sustainable by advocating on behalf of members and the sector and nurturing excellence in professional practice. They set the standards and code of ethics for the 500 museums and galleries in New Zealand.

“The Museums Governance, Management and their many volunteers (of the Western Bay Museum) are committed to the continued development of their wonderful museum…they have wide-ranging engagement with key stakeholders including local government,  and are growing relationships within the communities of importance, including tangata whenua iwi Māori, schools and regional interest groups…it is an excellent example of culture in action. This centre aims to care for its many taonga, to share their local stories, to be inclusive — preserving Western Bay history in a way that is unique.”

Sally August, Kaiwhanaki Whare Taonga, North Island Museum Development Adviser, National Services Te Paerangi

Our recent exhibition of Photography and Fashion .

Aspiring to be the best

Although we are a small regional museum, we are committed to best practice in all we do including our industry-leading collection management and operational processes.

Since the inception of the museum, we have been steadfast in our decision to only implement plans if they can be completed to the highest standards.

During the museum’s fit out (funded by the Lotteries Commission) the Lead of Exhibitions from Auckland War Memorial provided mentoring services to ensure the interior was constructed to the highest specifications.  

We take great pride in the quality of the museum’s exhibition infrastructure. We aim to meet or exceed the standards set by Museums Aotearoa.

From lighting to temperature and humidity control, 24/7 surveillance and even the display cases (designed and built by Design Craft Australia - considered to be the world’s best), we have worked extremely hard to achieve the museum’s ambitious goals and to secure their support which enables us to accomplish so much.

The support of these two organisations is earned, not given. We consider ourselves privileged to have their guidance and with their direction, we will continue to thrive.

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday
10:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays
11:00 am — 3:00 pm

Closed: Good Friday, Anzac Day morning, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Contact details

The Old Fire Station
32 Main Road
Katikati 3129
New Zealand

Phone +64 7 549 0651

Email info@westernbaymuseum.nz