News Update 21 December 2012

Kia ora,

Its good to see in the news that a significant Te Arawa taonga has been repatriated to Rotorua Museum. This pare was one of a number of New Zealand objects in the news when items from the former British Commonwealth and Empire Museum in the UK mysteriously turned up on the market, and became the subject of a police investigation. Those who were at MA11 in Nelson may recall the ethics debate with Shane Simpson and Jenny Harper when this story had just broken in the Listener.  Also good news is the planned opening of Canterbury Museum’s Quake City earthquake exhibit in the Re:Start Mall in Christchurch in February. On the down side, developments of the Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Sarjeant Gallery are attracting opponents in the media.

We have been working hard to open registration for the MA13 conference this week.  We are having some annoying technical difficulties, and if these cannot be fixed today will have to delay until mid-January. This week we sent out over 1000 copies of the 2013 Directory – if you don’t receive yours, or would like to order more, we’ll be happy to follow up after the break.

As we wind down office activity, we’re seeing summer exhibitions getting good press, including Auckland Art Gallery’s Who Shot Rock n Roll and Te Papa’s Game Masters. There are lots of other great museum and gallery experiences to be had around the country – take your copy of the Directory and check them out if you’re travelling over the break.

Looking forward to January, we expect to open applications for the Mina McKenzie Scholarship, Clark Collection/Attingham Summer School and New Zealand Museum Awards early in 2013.

We are closing the office from tomorrow until 14 January 2013. We wish you and your friends and families a relaxing and refreshing festive season.

Nga mihi, Phillipa & Talei

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