About us

Detlef Klein is the Principal of Manawatu Museum Services Ltd based in Palmerston North. He has been a heritage conservator since 1980, and also acts as a consultant for heritage conservation & management projects. Trained in Germany, he has been resident in New Zealand since 1986 and a New Zealand citizen since 1992. His former positions include Curator / Conservator at Heritage New Zealand properties Kemp House & Stone Store (1992-1994) and Conservator / Conservation Outreach manager at Te Manawa in Palmerston North from 1994 to 2005.

Detlef Klein is a past President of the NZCCM (NZ Conservators of Cultural Materials) and was the Chairman of the Board of trustees of the National Museum of Audio Visual Arts & Sciences (MAVtech) in Foxton from 2005 to 2013; he continues to serve on the trust board as trustee and advisor in collections management.

He is a member of ICOMOS NZ, the NZCCM and Museums Aotearoa. Detlef Klein has been guest lecturer from 1994 to 2011 at the Massey University Museum Studies Programme and continues to work informally with that programme as a member of the Sustainable Collections Reference Group.

Project highlights in 2019 - 2020 include the conservation and reinstallation of the Russell Clark sculpture group “Free Standing Forms” in Lower Hutt, the conservation of three large pou by John Bevan Ford in Palmerston North and the completion of the “Army 8 Conservation Project”.

Working closely with
experienced specialists in conservation and related trades, the team at Manawatu Museum Services offer a wide range of services and associated expertise in the conservation of New Zealand’s cultural heritage.

The Team

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Detlef Klein

Materials Conservator and principal of Manawatu Museum Services Ltd

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Pru Robbie

With a Bachelor of Maori Arts, Pru is a weaver in Muka, and conservation technician for textiles, Pru is also responsible for accounts / finance

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Aaron Roberts

Specialist for design and manufacture of exhibition furniture and custom crating, also conservation / restoration of technology.

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Marco Buerger

Stone Conservator with a Masters degree in Conservation from Cologne Technical University and a qualified Stone Mason.

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Jonah Aslund

Designer and specialist in problem solving, technical solutions to conservation challenges.

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Warren Warbrick

Independent artist in Toi Maori and cultural advisor Taonga Maori for Manawatu Museum Services Ltd.


John Coster
Feasibility Study for TRoT. New Plymouth.

Jeremy Lawrence

Conservation of the Selwyn Desk, an Anton Seuffert desk for Auckland Museum and the deinstallation of Te Waharoa gateway on Aotea Square, Auckland in 2008.

Emily Fryer

Conservation Proposal for Montfort stencils at Holy Trinity Church in Christchurch.

Mark Whyte / Goldfield Stone

Conservation of the Maori War Memorial at Moutoa Gardens in Whanganui.

Kevin Hanna

Conservation / replication of the K Model photoplayer for the Photoplayer Trust in Opotiki.

Mathews & Mathews Architects

Preparation of a Conservation Plan for the historic Shalfoon Building in Opotiki.

NZMACI / Te Puia

Work with Eugene Kara, Head caster in the conservation project of the Te Arawa Soldiers Memorial in Rotorua.

Toi Iwi Tribal Art

Design collaboration in the replication of Rangitihi for the Te Arawa Soldiers Memorial in Rotorua.

Guest Contractors

Francois Leurquin
Guest contractor on conservation missions to Bourail War Cemetery between 2012 and 2017 for the Ministry of Culture & Heritage in New Caledonia

Miriam von Mulert

Guest contractor for the replication of a fully carved Italianate gilded frame for Auckland Art Gallery.

Contact Miriam directly on 021 - 370 728.
Email miriam.vonmulert@gmail.com

Jessica Aitken

Researcher for the Conservation Plan prepared for the Russell Clark sculpture “Free Standing Forms in Lower Hutt

Toni Edmeades

Researcher for Pouwhenua at Te Marae o Hine in Palmerston North, Researcher for Conservation Plan for the Shalfoon Building in Opotiki.

Contact Toni directly on 021 - 265 1983

Harald Bettin

Guest contractor for gilding: Harald has been a regular member of the team since 2009 and whenever large gilding projects required his expertise such as the replication of large frames for Auckland Art Gallery.

Bis Beatson

Guest contractor for mount making and exhibition preparation work.

Contact Bis directly on 027 - 6174 665