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Pacific Islands Museum Association

The Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA) is, as its name suggests, an association of museums located in the region of the Pacific islands. Its stated aims include facilitating the "safeguarding and preservation of Oceania’s heritage and heritage places"; "disseminat cultural heritage information" among Pacific Islanders; and advising governments on policies to manage cultural heritage.

Founded in 1994, the association was initially based in Noumea, hosted and supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Incorporated as a non-profit organisation in May 1999, PIMA established itself on the site of the Fiji Museum in Suva. In 2006, PIMA relocated to the site of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in Port Vila. It is now expected to rotate between museums in the region "every few years".

Its members comprise forty-five museums and cultural centres in the Pacific, as well as a number of "national trusts, cultural departments and ministries, national parks, historic preservation offices, interpretative centres, cultural associations and arts councils". Among its members is the New Zealand Pacific Museums Network, which includes the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. PIMA is, itself, a member of the International Council of Museums




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Mission Statement

PIMA is the first regional,multilingual,multicultural, non profit organisation that assist Pacific Museums,cultural centres and peoples to preserve Pacific Island heritage.

Working together,preserving,celebrating and nurturing the heritage of the peoples of the Pacific Islands.

Pima Overview

The Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA) brings together museums, cultural centres and heritage institution professionals in the Pacific region to develop capacity to identify,research,manage, interpret and nurture Pacific Island cultural and natural heritage.
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