News Update, 4 September 2012

Kia ora,

I had a lovely visit to the Dannevirke Gallery of History yesterday as I drove home from a long weekend away. I really enjoyed seeing and hearing about the intriguing treasures they have, and plans for telling more of the stories of the area, its history and its colourful characters.

News this week includes the Kauri Museum receiving a top Australian tourism award – the Grand Pacific favourite attraction for its Ultimate New Zealand tour. Coach tours are a major contributor to the Kauri Museum’s visitation, and its great to see they’re delivery the highest quality experience to those visitors.

From left to right: Stacia Morris – General Manager Grand Pacific Tours; Betty Nelley – CEO The Kauri Museum, Peter Harding – CEO Grand Pacific Tours

MOTAT is also in the running for more awards.  This year the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards have drawn a record 111 entries, with 28 finalists announced last week. Entering for the first time, MOTAT has reached the final of both categories they entered: Excellence in Marketing Award (1 of 4 finalists) and Excellence in Service Delivery Award 1of 5 finalists).

Also in the news is Auckland Art Gallery’s pilot internship programme for high school media students, and the response has been very encouraging.

Prime Minister John Key gave a speech at Auckland Museum in praise of scientific innovation working with business to build economic success. The event was the launch of Sir Peter Gluckman’s report on the Royal Society’s Transit of Venus Forum held in Gisborne in June.

You can hear more about the issues around immunity from seizure, a topic on which MCH is currently seeking your views. The Arts on Sunday programme ran an interview last week with Dr Claudia Orange of Te Papa on this issue, and you can listen to it on the Radio NZ website.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa & Talei

PS – the Olympics may be over for 2012, but did you know that 100 years ago they included the arts, with medals awarded for painting, sculpture, architecture, music and literature from 1912 to 1948?

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