Mō Te Manawa

Te Manawa is at home in a city that thrives on discovery and innovation, Palmerston North. In the heart of Manawatū, we engage more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Te Manawa – a museum without boundaries

At the cultural heart of our city Te Manawa draws art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting our growing region and its people.

Te Manawa Museums Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust incorporated on 20 August 1999, from that date, the Trust assumed responsibility for art works and heritage assets transferred to its care but held on behalf of others. From 1 July 2000 the Trust commenced leasing the premises and managing the institution under agreements entered into with the Palmerston North City Council.

The primary objective of the Trust is to provide interactive experience in art, science and history through acquiring, conserving, researching, developing, communicating and exhibiting material evidence of people and their environment, rather than making a financial return.

The Trust is controlled by Palmerston North City Council and is a Council Controlled Organisation as defined under section 6 of the Local Government Act 2002, by virtue of the Council’s right to appoint more than 50% of the Board of Trustees.


Staff and Trust Board

Te Manawa is at home in a city that thrives on discovery and innovation, Palmerston North.  In the heart of Manawatū, we engage more than 100,000 visitors annually.  Furthermore Te Manawa developed exhibitions are also enjoyed at venues around Aotearoa, New Zealand.  A diverse team of more than 40 people brings our museum to life every day.

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Please click here to download and view the latest Annual Report and Statement of Intent

Our Founders

Te Manawa’s three founding organisations continue to support its development and vision to this day. Our enduring relationship ensures that the community of Palmerston North City is well-served by a meaningful engagement with art, science and social history, and that it is empowered to take its stories to the world.

  • Te Manawa Art Society
  • Te Manawa Museum Society
  • The Science Centre Inc.

Click here to learn more about our founding organisations and their continued efforts to enhance our communities.

Earle Creativity and Development Trust

Established by Richard and Mary Earle, the Earle Creativity and Development Trust in the Manawatu and Rangitikei, is a Registered Charity under Public Trust and administered locally, that helps fund specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences.

Our Supporters

Te Manawa Museums Trust is a not-for-profit community organisation. We are grateful for the ongoing support and collaboration of the following organisations:

Corporate Sponsors

Funding, donations and sponsorship help keep our Museum entry FREE, and it also allows us to develop and tour, or bring to our city, major exhibitions. We are grateful for the continuing support of the following financial sponsors…

Principal Funder

Key Supporters


Funding Organisations


Our volunteers are amazing. They help us deliver events and activities that excite and inspire people. They help us care for our guests and treasures and they help us take our regional stories to the world. There are many reasons people choose to volunteer at Te Manawa. We offer experience in a range of roles. If you’re keen to get involved drop us a line!


Interested in joining a diverse team of people who pride themselves on delivering a world-class experience everyday? Check our employment page for any available opportunities and apply to join one of New Zealand’s most dynamic and changing regional museums.

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