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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