The museum is governed by a trust board which meets bi-monthly, and is chaired by Helen Brown. The board structure includes a representative of the Thacker family; a representative of manawhenua, Ngāti Huikai; a representative of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; a representative of Christchurch City Council; and a Banks Peninsula representative who also chairs the museum’s Kahui Korowai (advisory committee). The museum is currently recruiting new staff – please see the Staff page below for more details. Most of the museum’s projects are carried out with volunteer labour, with specialists skills brought to the museum on a contract basis. The museum is also served by a Patron, longstanding former board member, Nigel Hampton QC, and by the Kāhui Korowai, a special advisory group of volunteers who provide invaluable advice and support to the board.