We are delighted to see Betty Nelley receiving the Queen’s Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced at the weekend. Betty has been a strong promoter of museums and heritage through her work at the Kauri Museum and across Northland. Up to her retirement as Chief Executive last year, Betty expanded the Kauri Museum’s role in tourism, science and the wider community, as well as providing active support to colleagues through the Northland Museums Association. Betty continues to be involved in both heritage and tourism through her work as a guide with Grand Pacific Tours, and voluntary work with the RSA. This kind of public recognition is also recognition of the importance of heritage to the communities in which we operate. When interviewed, Betty is humble, and has acknowledged all those she has worked with over the years. The Kauri Museum won a New Zealand Museum Award for Innovation in 2013 for achieving CarboNZero Certification.
Phillipa recently attended the Museums Australia national conference in Sydney’s rather imposing Town Hall. Falling immediately after MA15 in Dunedin, MA2015 was interesting, engaging, and very busy. New Zealand was quite well-represented, with presentations by Sally Manuireva (Auckland Museum), Paul Rowe (Vernon Systems), Christina Hardy (Te Papa) and Phillipa Tocker. We also caught up with colleagues who have moved across the Tasman, and gave a promo for MA16 in Auckland. Check out the Twitter feed at #ma2015syd.
MA16 – Museums Australasia
The first joint conference of Museums Aotearoa and Museums Australia will be held in Auckland 15-19 May 2016. We are working with a local planning team as well as Australian colleagues to develop a programme which offers opportunities to share, learn and develop new thinking. In the next few weeks there will be more information and a brief survey so you can let us know what you would like to see in the programme.
The new MA Board elected at the May AGM will meet in Wellington on Thursday 25 June. AGM minutes will be circulated with the next issue of MAQuarterly. If you have any items you would like the Board to consider, please contact the office or a Board member. Board meeting dates for 2015 are Monday 31 August (location tbc) and Thursday 12 November in Auckland.
Regional and other meetings
There was a great turnout of the Northland Museums Association in the new Managwhai Museum on Friday 29 May. As well as their AGM and general catching-up, there were presentations from invited experts on disaster preparedness and recovery – a very practical and useful day for all.
We are already talking to some host museums about regional meetings during the July/August/September period. We are planning a Code of Ethics workshop for some of these, as well as ‘pitopito korero’ sessions. If you are particularly interested in hosting your colleagues for a regional meting, or have suggestions for topics, please let us know.
Science in the SUNLIGHT is the topic of a symposium being hosted by Te Manawa on Friday 26 June. This is an opportunity for museum folk interested in science exhibits, interactives and communication to get together and explore collaboration and latest project – and to experience the fantastic new interactive show SUNLIGHT – Ihi Kōmaru. See details below.
A date has also been set for the next Kaitiaki hui: 20 October at Waitangi. The actual days are yet to be determined, to be part of the conversation, visit Facebook.
Phillipa and Talei