The Museum was established in 1954 and changed its legal structure from an incorporated society to a charitable trust in 1999.
11 trustees are appointed to the Museum Trust Board from the following bodies for a three-year term. Current trustees are:
A. The provision and operation of a cultural centre where the history, art, culture, environment and heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand, with special reference to the Gisborne District, may be conserved, interpreted, studied, cherished and made available for the benefit of the people of New Zealand.
B. The collection, purchase and other acquisition of objects that fit within the criteria from time to time specified in the Museum’s policy documents.
C. To stimulate the community’s appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of and involvement in, cultural heritage, local history, art, science and technology by providing exhibitions, public programmes, learning and research opportunities and the efficient interpretation of its collections and resources.
D. To celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Tairawhiti region
E. To use the resources of the museum to educate and enrich the lives of the people of New Zealand and promote the well-being of society
F. To advance and promote cultural and scientific scholarship and research
G. To achieve user satisfaction by consultation, responsiveness and continuous improvement
H. To exercise leadership through professionalism, innovation, and co-ordination with relevant organisations
I. To provide maximum community benefit from the resources available
J. To support other individuals, groups and organisations with similar objectives
We welcome ideas for new projects and exhibitions so if you have something in mind, please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!