News Update 8 December 2011

The news is mixed this week, and mostly positive, although many organisations are looking at a fairly tough local government climate ahead. You can read or download the latest news round-up here in our members’ area.

Last week Sophie and I were immersed in the NDF conference. It was inspiring and intriguing, and Sophie blogged about it yesterday, here. I also went to the second WW1 planning meeting, and a symposium convened by the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) which focussed on some of the challenges and lessons for the archive community arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. We will be bringing you more information on both of these important topics through further notices, publications and meetings. If you are interested in more details now, please contact us.

We also watched the election results with interest. With National back leading the government, we now await the announcement of cabinet portfolios, with the vital arts, culture and heritage position open to speculation. Chris Finlayson has been a very supportive minister, and his skills may be in demand in other areas this term. There may also be re-allocation of other portfolios relevant to the museum sector, such as tourism and internal affairs. And in the opposition ranks, we farewell opposition arts spokesperson Steve Chadwick, acknowledge her strong support and wish her well.

Domestic tourism up
The latest Tourism data shows domestic tourism has increased over the last year. The Domestic Travel Survey for the year ended September shows Overnight Trips up 4.1%, Day Trips up 14.6% and Expenditure up 10.7% on the previous year. At $9.4 billion, this is an enormous contribution to our economy. The data is good news for the museum sector, although not surprising when you think about the drop in international tourism – presumably NZers are not travelling overseas as much either, and are instead taking holidays within our own country. Full details are available from Tourism Research

MA12 conference, scholarships and awards
Here in Wellington we’re working very actively on planning for the MA12 conference – Collaboration in Practice. Look out for announcents of keynote speakers and programme information in the next week. We will also be opening applications for The Clark Colelction / Creative New Zealand Scholarship, the Mina McKenzie Scholarship, and the 2012 New Zealand Museum Awards. Watch this space…

Ka kite,
Phillipa

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