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News Update 26 March 2013

Kia ora,

Recent events in Wellington include the return of the found and restored Jim Allen’s Christ figure to Futuna Chapel in Karori. This is a tale of museum intrigue and successful salvage by some very dedicated supporters of Futuna, and the day was suitably moving as well as celebratory.  The restoration was carried out by Carolina Izzo, and Greer Twiss made new nails and crown of thorns to replace those that were lost. Carolina is also involved in a new initiative to share conservation experience and expertise between New Zealand and Italy.  The first offering of the Sybillam Project is a study tour to Italy in October/November 2013 in conjunction with Victoria University’s Professional and Executive Development programme.

Nationally, the Arts Foundation launched Boosted, a new arts-focussed crowd-funding website which is specially tailored for New Zealand and aligns with tax exemptions for charitable donations. Initial projects include the Christchurch Art Gallery who want to Populate Christchurch with Art.

Waiheke Island has always been at the forefront of environmentalism and do-it-yourself activism. The Waiheke Community Art Gallery has been making a splash with its BYO BAG project. US artist Dianna Cohen has worked with plastic as an art material for years, and is now combining that work with a campaign to raise awareness and encourage action to address the global problem of plastic pollution. They have a Facebook page as well as an exhibition and lots of events and activities.

Dianne was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon. See also the Plastic Garbage Project.

The AAM’s Future of Museums latest Trendswatch 2013 is now out. You can download it here but be warned – it is some 20MB which took me 10 minutes to download on inner-city broadband. We’ve saved a smaller version which we can email to you if you contact the office.

The National Digital Forum (NDF) has started 2013 with renewed activity. They have launched a monthly e-newsletter, and you can subscribe at: http://www.ndf.org.nz/join-the-ndf-mailing/ Membership of NDF is free for any organisation that is interested in being part of the ‘digital GLAMS’, and is a great way to keep up and share in this collegial networking forum – and the annual conference in November is always a buzz.

April 1st is not only a day for pranks, but also the day when several tax-related law changes come into effect (we won’t comment on the correlation). The main changes are:

  • students loan repayments rate rises from 10c to 12c in the dollar
  • Kiwisaver minimum contributions for both earners and employers rise from 2% to 3%
  • the minimum wage rises to $13.75 per hour, or $11 for youth or those in training
  • ACC work levy rates rise in some categories, including ‘museum operation’ from $0.30 to $0.32

Find out more at these websites: Student loans and Kiwisaver: www.ird.govt.nz/changes or http://payrollchanges.ird.govt.nz ACC levies: www.acc.co.nz/about-acc/levies/WPC116961

Reminders: as we count down to MA13, the NZ Museum Awards and the MA AGM in Hamilton next month, please note that

  • Museum members have been sent information on voting for Board vacancies, this needs to be done online by 10 April or in person at the AGM
  • There are interest group workshops and a free public lecture (followed by a welcome function) on Wednesday 10 April
  • The main conference days are 11 and 12 April, including 2 keynote speakers and the 2013 Museum Awards dinner
  • You can still register for MA13 – check the website or contact the office.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton,

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

News Update 22 March 2012

Kia ora koutou,

In the office we are very busy with preparation for MA12, guest speaker tours, Awards, AGM, and the new MA Lecture. We’re also working on the National Visitor Survey, and are very pleased that more museums are taking part this year.  As the number and range of participants grows, this will become an increasingly useful resource for all.  In addition, we are developing a more comprehensive sector statistics project to provide better data about the overall size and shape of the museum and gallery sector.

We’re also busy recruiting staff.  While we know we can’t ‘replace’ Sophie, we will be appointing a new Membership Services Manager when she leaves to explore the world.  Sophie will be with us until the end of April, looking after membership and helping Rebecca and the team with MA12.

MA12 conference - EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO 23 MARCH
Make sure you register this week for ‘Collaboration in Practice’ in Wellington, 18-20 April.  An invitation to the Directors and Governors’ Dinner at Parliament, hosted by Hon Chris Finlayson, has been sent to all directors – as we don’t have contact details for many board/trust members, please contact us if you would like any of your ‘governors’ to be invited. There are many other social and professional sessions, behind the scenes tours, and associated events. See our website for details or go straight to registration.

Inaugural Museums Aotearoa Lecture – Tuesday 17 April – Jock Phillips
We are very excited to be launching a new annual Museums Aotearoa Lecture series. The first lecture will be at Te Papa on the evening of Tuesday 17 April, so plan to come to Wellington the day before MA12. The inaugural speaker will be Jock Phillips, well known to many through his work with Te Papa, Te Ara and most recently for his ‘Insider’ blogs during the RWC 2011 ‘Real NZ’ festival.  This public event is free to attend.

AGM – Thursday 19 April
The 2012 Annual General Meeting of Museums Aotearoa will be held at Te Papa, at 12 noon on Thursday 19 April. There will be a Board vacancy for one Individual member: Jenny Harper will complete her first term on the Board, and is standing for re-election. The notice of meeting, draft agenda and voting information are in the members area of our website here, with hard copies being posted to Individual members this week.

ATTTO – Museum Training Council
The Training Council is convened by ATTTO, our Industry Training Organisation, to provide advice and input into their support of workplace training. At its meeting last week, the Council looked at priorites for the coming year, and how they relate to other sector activities and initiatives.  We were very pleased with the work ATTTO has done over the past year in developing resources to support the Museum Practice Certificate, and a new induction package, Welcome to Museums.  By bringing relevant information together, these resources will make achieving the standards quicker and more achievable. To find out more about the qualifications and resources, contact ATTTO by email or tel 04 499 6570.  If you are an experienced museum professional, you may be interested in becoming an assessor for others working on the museum standards.

Next week we’ll be announcing the finalists in the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards.  The winners will be anounced at a celebration dinner at City Gallery Wellington on 19 April.  We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellington for MA12 and the Awards – don’t forget to register this week to get the earlybird rate.  For those who aren’t able to come to MA12, there will be reports on our website and a bumper conference/awards issue of MAQuarterly in early May.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Sophie


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