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Environmental Commitment

MOTAT is committed to sustainable practice and we are working hard to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of our initiatives include water conservation, material recycling and waste reduction, and energy conservation and monitoring.

MOTAT works hard to support and maintain the surrounding Western Springs area and wider Auckland environment to ensure its beauty is preserved for generations of Kiwis to come.

Our strong Environmental Commitment practices are as a result of a number of positive initiatives we have incorporated into the visitor experience.

MOTAT has been recognised as one of the country’s leading tourism operators by Qualmark – New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance agencies. To earn the prestigious mark, the Museum underwent a comprehensive on-site evaluation against industry standards of best practice. This required the organisation to be independently reviewed under criteria focused on the specific service, facilities, environmental practices, safety and operating systems that the business has in place. MOTAT has been awarded the Qualmark Silver Enviro Award.

MOTAT has also recently signed up to the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, an initiative of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA). This aims to see every New Zealand tourism business committed to sustainability by 2025. Being sustainable includes environmentally, socially and economically. In agreeing to adopt the commitment, MOTAT signs up to the 14 goals TIA has determined organisations should meet to achieve the vision of leading the world in sustainable tourism.

A major achievement for MOTAT is the Carbon Reduce certification from Toitū Envirocare for measuring and reducing the Museum's carbon footprint. This is the first step towards attaining the aspirational goal of a zero-carbon footprint.


  • Continuous improvement to the MOTAT sustainability plan to reduce the museum’s impact on the environment

  • Sending our shredded paper to Auckland Zoo for animal bedding

  • Recycling of paper, cardboard and other recyclables

  • Using organic cleaning products

  • Purchasing local products where possible to support local suppliers and reduce carbon emissions

  • Harvesting rainwater from rooftops for use in our toilets and watering our gardens

  • Having dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals

  • Using sensor tap systems in our toilets

  • Using trigger guns for watering gardens to reduce water use

  • Using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances

  • Having lighting in our exhibition spaces on sensors

  • Offers a sustainability education programme for schools

  • Use recycled packaging in our gift shop and cafe

  • Upcycle or donate used exhibition props and items

  • Monitor climate controlled systems to improve efficiency

  • Monitor energy performance to improve efficiency across the organisation