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 mailto:charles@olympic.org.nz 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

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