News Update

Kia ora

Check out the latest batch of museum news that has been uploaded today, online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view).

Today’s news includes lots of south island stories of funding for education programmes in South Canterbury, Canterbury Museum’s Antarctic exhibitions, and controversies over trees and artworks in Nelson, as well as news of Te Papa’s next European art blockbuster.

The Museums Aotearoa Board had such a friendly welcome in Nelson that we’re really looking forward to getting the programme together for MA11 next April. Peter and Julie and their staff at Nelson Provincial Museum and The Suter were great hosts – and they arranged glorious sunshine all the time we were there! It was lovely to meet people from some of the other museums in the region, and hear about their activities and plans. We’ll definitely need to stay in the area for an extra couple of days around the conference so we can visit the great museums and galleries in Golden Bay, Murchison, Motueka, Collingwood, Picton and Blenheim as well…

Next up Phillipa is visiting Northland, to join the Northland Museum Association meeting on 24/25 September. Other guests include local and national politicians, so there is sure to be some lively discussion. And I have to admit that I didn’t know there was a mercury mine at Ngawha, which will be very interesting to visit.

While we’re out and about, we’re noticing the campaign billboards springing up along our highways. The local elections may bring significant changes in direction in some places. We’re all watching to see how the mayoral race for the Auckland super-city plays out among 22 contenders. In other areas there are likely to be shifts of power as well. Michael Laws is doing a ‘Putin’ in Wanganui, stepping aside from the mayoralty but hoping to retain a place – and presumably influence – on council. Christchurch may well get a new mayor, with high profilers Bob Parker and Jim Anderton slugging it out with 12 other hopefuls. Voting papers for the postal ballot will be sent out after 17 September, and must be returned by 9 October. Local Government On Line has created a website for profiles of all candidates, just enter your address at www.elections2010.co.nz and see who you can vote for (although not all candidates have put up info). You can also look on your local council website, select from the list at lgnz.co.nz/lg-sector/maps/index.html

And while you’re online, tomorrow is international ‘ask a curator’ day on Twitter. Several NZ museums are participating: City Gallery, Voyager, Waikato Museum, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland Museum, Wallace Arts Centre, Christchurch and Auckland Art Galleries – well done for getting involved. So prepare your questions and be part of the action tomorrow! Check the official website for details: www.askacurator.com

ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie

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