Archive for April, 2013

News Update 23 April 2013

Kia ora,

BushMachineSmallestestOn the way back from Hamilton last week I called in to visit the Timber Museum on SH1 just south of Putaruru. Set on the site of a former timber mill, the museum is housed in a range of historic buildings, such as the mill office of the Taupo Totara Timber Company (1907).

The TTT built 80km of private railway to carry its timber, including what was at the time the longest single span wooden suspension bridge in the world across the Waikato River – the museum’s model is a work of art. In situ machinery is complemented by displays about the various mills and timber operations in the district, and their social and economic history. The Timber Museum is a challenge for the dedicated volunteers who operate it, and a treasure trove for those who love industrial history and machinery.  Check it out next time you drive past – we counted 146 chainsaws!

The Olympic Museum has closed its Wellington waterfront premises. Instead of a permanent site, the museum will be keeping its collection in store and developing small exhibitions to tour to other msueums and venues. In addition, much of its archive material is being transferred to Alexander Turnbull Library, and it will be evolving the Olympic Museum smartphone app and a more comprehensive and active website. Contact Charles Callis for details.

TrucksmallestThe 2012 national Visitor Survey has only a few museums still to complete data entry. Please make sure all your data is entered by this Friday 26 April. As soon as that is done we will check and clean the data to remove any void entries or other errors and confirm completion of this year’s survey. Later in the year we will be reviewing this project, and our other data collection, to see where it can be streamlined and improved in functionality.

Anyone who would like to provide feedback on MA13 can access our survey here.  Even if you did not attend this year’s conference we would love to get your feedback on what you would like to see next year in Hawke’s Bay.

And a reminder about proposed changes to financial reporting requirements. ANGOA, DIA Charities and XRB are jointly hosting consultation workshops on Simple Format Reporting for Not-for-Profit Organisations, still to come in New Plymouth 24/4, Invercargill 6/5, Dunedin 7/5, Christchurch 8/5 and Nelson 9/5. Submissions are due on 28 June.  Alongside this, there are revised proposals on Auditing for Larger Charities, including the threshhold between small and large. Submissions on this are due 17 May. ANGOA has information about both the NFP and Larger Charities proposals.

Creative New Zealand’s National Arts Conference this year is ‘arts: by, with, for young people’, in Auckland 24 and 25 June. If you think this is for you and haven’t received an email notification, please let us know or contact the organisers.

Nga mihi, Phillipa and Talei


News Update 17 April 2013

Kia ora,

Whew!  We’re back in the office in damp Wellington after a wonderful time in Hamilton.  The sun shone, our Waikato hosts were generous and welcoming, and it seems a good time was had by all.  We thank all the conference presenters and participants, and particularly the 200+ delegates – without your attendance and enthusiasm, there would be no conference.

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We congratulate all the 2013 NZ Museum Awards entrants, finalists and of course the winners: Auckland Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery, the Fashion Museum, The Kauri Museum and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. These are great examples of excellence and innovation.

At the awards celebration dinner we were delighted to announce a new professional development grant in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation – see our website. We also acknowledged Finn McCahon-Jones, winner of The Clark Collection Scholarship for 2013.  Finn is Associate Curator, Applied Arts & Design at Auckland Museum.  The scholarship is supported by National Services Te Paerangi, and Finn will travel to the UK to attend the Attingham Summer School and visit other organisations in England.

We have conference and awards photos up on Facebook, where you’re welcome to tag and comment. An email link to the post-conference survey will be sent out later this week.  We are very keen to hear your feedback and ideas for MA14 in Hawke’s Bay!

Last week we also held the 2012 Museums Aotearoa AGM in Hamilton. Here is a brief summary:
– the 2012 Annual Report was presented orally – it will be printed and mailed out with the next MAQ in May
– the 2102 Financial Accounts can be downloaded from our website here
– the 2012 museum sector survey results can be downloaded as Executive Summary or the full 2012 Sector Survey Report
– the revised Code of Ethics was endorsed, subject to consideration of any further comments from members by the Board at its next meeting (date mid-May tbc)

The result of the MA Board election is:
– Therese Angelo (Museum) – re-elected, Chair
– Tryphena Cracknell (Kaitiaki) – elected
– Eric Dorfman (Museum) – re-elected
– Jenny Harper (Individual) – second term continues
– Brett Mason (Individual) – elected (first term)
– Rhonda Paku (Museum) – elected (first term)

We haven’t had time to keep up with the museum and gallery news around the country over the past week, so we’ll be back with that and other events next week. In the mean time we’ve updated the opportunities, links and notices below.

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

News Update 8 April 2013

Kia ora,

While we’ve been working towards this week’s MA13 conference on Hamilton, other things have been happening around the country. Te Papa has made a splash, opening a re-vamped art exhibition space for ‘Nga toi: Arts Te Papa’.  The opening by Minister Chris Finlayson, was up-beat, with CE Mike Houlihan and Board member Evan Williams both sharing their excitement for  refreshed and expanded art programme at Te Papa.  After all the recent re-vision, shake-up and changes there, it will be good to see some positive, outward-looking activity.

Radio New Zealand continues to give excellent coverage of museums and gallery matters. Listen online to the Easter interview with CE Mike Houlihan on changes at Te Papa, MA13 panel convenor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, and Christchurch Art Gallery Director and MA Board member Jenny Harper interviewed by Lyn Freeman on The Arts on Sunday.

Some of you may remember Miri Young, who worked with Museums Aotearoa on the MA10 conference in New Plymouth, and received a Mina McKenzie Scholarship when she went to the USA on a Fulbright fellowship in 2010. Miri has sent links to two projects she worked on/is working on in New York which were profiled on the front page of the New York Times Weekend Arts section this week: Judd’s 101 Spring Street and Whales from Te Papa at the American Natural History Museum. Miri proudly thanks everyone who supported and encouraged her on either or both of these projects. It’s great to see Miri doing such interesting work, and we look forward to her eventual return home to bring her experience back to our museum profession.

Meanwhile, some of our advocacy work has paid off.  Earlier in the year MA asked the Ministry of Education for some clarification on LEOTC funding.  Their proposed review of LEOTC seemed to have stalled, and many museums were in the dark as to what might happen when current contracts expire.  In answer to our request for information, we were told by MoE that, “The Ministry will be offering providers the opportunity to extend all current LEOTC contracts through variation to June 2014, as it considers future options for the LEOTC programme as a whole.” All current providers were to be notified by the end of March. While this is not a satisfactory situation looking forward, at least they have acknowledged that providers are entitled to be kept informed. We will continue to press the MoE for engagement and progress, and invite MA members to advise us of any changes or information that affects their LEOTC funding.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Hamilton this week.  Note that all MA staff will be at the conference so may not be checking emails and the like until next Tuesday 16th April.

Nga mihi, Phillipa, Talei and the MA13 team

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