News Update 26 March 2013

Kia ora,

Recent events in Wellington include the return of the found and restored Jim Allen’s Christ figure to Futuna Chapel in Karori. This is a tale of museum intrigue and successful salvage by some very dedicated supporters of Futuna, and the day was suitably moving as well as celebratory.  The restoration was carried out by Carolina Izzo, and Greer Twiss made new nails and crown of thorns to replace those that were lost. Carolina is also involved in a new initiative to share conservation experience and expertise between New Zealand and Italy.  The first offering of the Sybillam Project is a study tour to Italy in October/November 2013 in conjunction with Victoria University’s Professional and Executive Development programme.

Nationally, the Arts Foundation launched Boosted, a new arts-focussed crowd-funding website which is specially tailored for New Zealand and aligns with tax exemptions for charitable donations. Initial projects include the Christchurch Art Gallery who want to Populate Christchurch with Art.

Waiheke Island has always been at the forefront of environmentalism and do-it-yourself activism. The Waiheke Community Art Gallery has been making a splash with its BYO BAG project. US artist Dianna Cohen has worked with plastic as an art material for years, and is now combining that work with a campaign to raise awareness and encourage action to address the global problem of plastic pollution. They have a Facebook page as well as an exhibition and lots of events and activities.

Dianne was interviewed by Lynn Freeman on Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon. See also the Plastic Garbage Project.

The AAM’s Future of Museums latest Trendswatch 2013 is now out. You can download it here but be warned – it is some 20MB which took me 10 minutes to download on inner-city broadband. We’ve saved a smaller version which we can email to you if you contact the office.

The National Digital Forum (NDF) has started 2013 with renewed activity. They have launched a monthly e-newsletter, and you can subscribe at: http://www.ndf.org.nz/join-the-ndf-mailing/ Membership of NDF is free for any organisation that is interested in being part of the ‘digital GLAMS’, and is a great way to keep up and share in this collegial networking forum – and the annual conference in November is always a buzz.

April 1st is not only a day for pranks, but also the day when several tax-related law changes come into effect (we won’t comment on the correlation). The main changes are:

  • students loan repayments rate rises from 10c to 12c in the dollar
  • Kiwisaver minimum contributions for both earners and employers rise from 2% to 3%
  • the minimum wage rises to $13.75 per hour, or $11 for youth or those in training
  • ACC work levy rates rise in some categories, including ‘museum operation’ from $0.30 to $0.32

Find out more at these websites: Student loans and Kiwisaver: www.ird.govt.nz/changes or http://payrollchanges.ird.govt.nz ACC levies: www.acc.co.nz/about-acc/levies/WPC116961

Reminders: as we count down to MA13, the NZ Museum Awards and the MA AGM in Hamilton next month, please note that

  • Museum members have been sent information on voting for Board vacancies, this needs to be done online by 10 April or in person at the AGM
  • There are interest group workshops and a free public lecture (followed by a welcome function) on Wednesday 10 April
  • The main conference days are 11 and 12 April, including 2 keynote speakers and the 2013 Museum Awards dinner
  • You can still register for MA13 – check the website or contact the office.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton,

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

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