Museums Aotearoa 2017 – Palmerston North
He Waka Eke Noa - Museums of Inclusion

Nau mai, haere mai ki Papaioea

Welcome to Palmerston North. Te Manawa is proud to be hosting the national Museums Aotearoa conference in one of New Zealand’s most diverse and connected cities. MA17 is this year focused on the theme of inclusive museum practice and focusing on the communities that drive the stories and mana behind the work we do.


Inclusive museums and galleries are committed to bringing high quality exhibitions and experiences to their diverse communities, while at the same time providing those same communities with platforms to develop their own connections inside and beyond the walls of our buildings.  Growing networks of artists, makers, communities, performers and organisations – including tertiary institutions, differently-abled artists and performers, activists and cultural groups – are more engaged than ever, contributing and revealing new meanings at the beating heart of all we represent.


MA17 is not limited to Museum professionals only. The full programme of events and registration details can be found on the Museums Aotearoa website:

Information for Delegates

Te Manawa is preparing helpful information for those attending the conference from outside Palmerston North including accommodation, dining recommendations, travel and parking. Please also visit for more information on planning your visit in advance. We look forward to welcoming you.