Environmental Commitment

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

Our strong Environmental Commitment practices is 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. 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 achievement of CEMARS certification for measuring and reducing the Museum's carbon footprint. This is the first step towards attaining the aspirational goal of a zero-carbon footprint.


Key environmental initiatives include:

  • 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 privet for Auckland Zoo giraffes to graze.
  • Using organic cleaning products.
  • Purchasing local products where possible to support local suppliers and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Supporting local community task force clean up initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Provide recycling stations onsite.
  • Offers a sustainability education programme for schools.