News & MA12 Update 23 December 2011

This is our final update for the year, hopefully you are all getting into holiday mode now, enjoying a well deserved summer break.

For your summer reading, we have uploaded the latest batch of Museum News here, which covers lots of interesting stories from 5-22 December. Download here.

Just now we are hearing about yet another series of large quakes in Christchurch today. Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Christchurch who have had an incredibly challenging year. We are sincerely hoping that papatuanuku will be calming down over the Christmas break, with aftershocks settling down. Kia kaha.

We have enjoyed working with you all in 2011, it has certainly been a very full year. We are looking forward to coming back in the new year and hopefully seeing many of you at our conference in Wellington, in April. More details below:

MA12, 18-20 April 2012: Save the date!

Registrations for the MA12 Conference will open in January. The conference is titled Collaboration in practice and will be held at Te Papa in Wellington from 18-20 April 2012. A full programme will be provided in January, but in the meantime we are excited to announce our international keynote speakers:

  • Umberto Crenca, founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit centre for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island (see
  • Jim Marchbank, former CEO of Science North, Sudbury, North Ontario, see

The annual New Zealand Museum Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday night at the City Gallery, with some fine dining and a fantastic local band lined up for entertainment.

Further chances to catch up with colleagues will occur over welcome drinks at the Museum of City and Sea. Governors/Directors and Kaitiaki dinners will also be held on Wednesday 18th.

The conference will be preceded by the Museums Aotearoa Inaugural Public Lecture on the evening of Tuesday 17 April in Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.

Other related sector events and group meetings will also be held on Tuesday 17th April, including a Poutama 3 workshop entitled Lighting for the Future run by National Services (see

A limited number of travel and accommodation scholarships (up to $300 per organisation) are available, kindly sponsored by National Services Te Paerangi. We will provide further information about these when registration opens.

A further email will be sent out once registrations open in the New Year. Looking forward to seeing you in Wellington!

On a final note, congratulations to Heather Galbraith and Justin Paton who are to have key roles in developing New Zealand’s presence for the 2013 Venice Biennale. They will join Commissioner Jenny Harper as Deputy Commissioner and Curator respectively. Full details are on the Creative New Zealand website, where you can also find information on funding available and recipients of the latest grants.

Mere Kirihimete!

Phillipa and Sophie


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