News Update 9 November 2011

The latest news is full of post-rugby events/analysis, a few interesting debates, and election build-up. You can read or download the round-up here in our members’ area

New developments
After the rush to get everything ready for the Rugby World Cup, there are some catch-ups and new developments still under way. This week MOTAT officially opened its new Aviation Display Hall, complete with Skyhawk. As well as the various architecture and building awards it has already received, the transformation was highly praised by the Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, and Defence Minister Hon Wayne Mapp at a function very well-attended by supporters, volunteers and other contributors to the project.

There are still more museum developments underway. In Napier, the Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery boasts a very large hole in the ground. Dunedin’s Otago Settlers Museum is still under construction, and Kaitaia’s Te Ahu complex is nearly complete, and is holding an open evening for local communities today. Several of these websites include time lapse video and/or webcams, and the Auckland Art Gallery has theirs on YouTube here.

In the wings are several more developments, including the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Air Force Museum, South Canterbury Museum and The Suter, with Canterbury Museum also hoping to get its development back on track soon….

New technology
We are all more environmentally conscious than ever, minimising waste not just to save the planet, but to save our pennies as well. In what I think is a first for museums in this country, Auckland War Memorial Museum has released its 2010-2011 Annual Report as an eBook, complete with on-screen navigation and zoom. They have also catered for those who prefer to print it out as a pdf – you can find both on the AWMM website.  To keep in touch with the latest digital developments for GLAMS, I’ll see you at the National Digital Forum conference in Wellington, 29-30 November.

New NDF Board
Results of the National Digital Forum Board election have just been announced – welcome to Steven Fox, Director of Te Manawa, and Matthew Oliver, Web Team Manager at the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.  They are joined by returning Board members Andy Fenton (NZ Micrographic Services/ARANZ) and Anne Scott (University of Canterbury Library).  Full details on the NDF website.

New policies
Well maybe not new, but the major parties have launched their arts, culture and heritage election policies. Neither are likely to grab public attention like asset sales or raising the superannuation age, but at least some of us care. You can download the National and Labour documents and make your own mind up over the next 2 1/2 weeks.  Other parties have also published policies which may at some point have some influence, including Green, Maori and United Future.

New staff
You may have noticed that we advertised two part time/fixed term positions at MA recently. Sophie and I will be joined in November and December by Cerys Dallaway, who will help us prepare the 2012 edition of the MA Directory. All museums and galleries will be hearing from Cerys over the next few weeks to check we have up to date information. And we will also be engaging Rebecca Apperley to be the MA12 conference coordinator on a part time basis.

Ka kite,
Phillipa

PS – we hope to see many of you at the members’ forum in Christchurch on 24 November – all members and staff of member institutions are welcome.


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