Archive for July, 2013

News Update 16 July

It has been good to hear about exciting Matariki events in museums around the country to brighten up the stormy winter. There are also some great school holiday programmes coming up – see the postings on our Facebook page, and please add more.

Museums Aotearoa Meetings in Hawke’s Bay/Canterbury
Last week the MA Board spent a day in Napier. We arrived to a very soggy morning, and got most of the Board business completed before we were joined for lunch by staff, volunteers and committee members from around the region. A total of about 20 people from as far away as Waipawa and Onga Onga, as well as Hastings and Napier, caught up informally before work-shopping key topics with MA Board and staff. We heard from Michelle Sim of the Air Force Museum about the new ’emerging professionals’ group she is establishing with others around the country. We really appreciated the opportunity to meet more of our members ‘on the ground’, and their willingness to share issues and ideas – and the sun even came out so we could sit outside.

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (R) shows MA visitors around the new spaces at MTG Hawke's Bay

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (R) shows MA visitors around the not-yet-open MTG Hawke’s Bay redevelopment, 11 July 2013

We also had a good planning session for the MA14 conference being hosted by MTG Hawke’s Bay, 2-4 April 2014. We’ll be outlining the theme and calling for contributions in the next few weeks. While in Napier, we enjoyed a sneak preview of the former Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery which will re-open as the greatly expanded MTG Hawke’s Bay this September.

This was the first in a series of regional meetings over the next few months. The next will be at Canterbury Museum on the afternoon of Thursday 15 August. That meeting will start with afternoon tea, and is followed by a presentation by Sarah Davy of the NZ Film Archive with a screening of Temple, Prison, Restaurant, the compilation of museum representations which was shown at MA13. More details will be sent to museums in the Canterbury region later this week, and we’ll put it out on our blog and Facebook as well.

We’re planning more meetings around the country, including Dunedin, Nelson, Rotorua, Whanganui/Palmerston North, Dargaville, Auckland and Wellington. If you’re interested in hosting one of these meetings, please contact the office.

MA Board – advocacy
Your Board and staff are using these meetings to inform our work and our planning. One of our key activities is advocacy. We do this in a wide range of ways – by research and data such as the sector survey, supporting members in policy and advice, working with you on our Code of Ethics, and promoting the positive impact that museums have in our communities. In coming months we expect to work with NSTP to review museum standards, with ServiceIQ to improve training frameworks, and to engage more actively in tourism as well as continue our current conference and awards programmes.

An international example of advocacy tools which museums can use locally is the UK Museums Association’s new report and web resource Museums Change Lives, which highlights the social role of museums. This campaign builds on last year’s Museums 2020 consultation which looked to the future of museums and their impact, and drew input from around the world, including NZ and Australia. The aim of Museums Change Lives is to “enthuse people in museums to increase their impact, encourage funders to support museums in becoming more relevant to their audiences and communities, and show organisations the potential partnerships they could have with museums, to change people’s lives.” Check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration.

New Members’ Forum Coming Soon
The MA office is thrilled to have a new database and website, scheduled to launch next week. Though the general look of the website will remain the same the new ‘back end’ will bring some exciting new features, especially in the members’ only section of the site.

At launch you will be asked to login and update your contact details and communications preferences. The new development enables us to better target emails. Those of you who love our News & Notices, but would prefer not to get our job vacancies, will be able to select which of our communications you would like to receive. Additionally, when you login you will find new features such as a new private members’ forum and online directory to make it easier to keep the conversations going with your MA colleagues.

Blog, MAQ and more
We have been having such great responses to our calls for contributions to the MAQ that we have decided to start publishing regular guest blog posts including profiles of some of our members and more case studies of projects. Please contact the MA office if you are interested in being a contributor to any of our publications.

Ngā mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

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News Update 2 July 2013

Kia ora,

Matariki and Maori Language week are being celebrated in museums and galleries around the country. Last Saturday I popped into Te Papa to enjoy the buzz of kapa haka groups performing and crowds of people exploring the museum in the breaks, before being drawn back into the main foyer area as the next group began its routine. Check out our facebook page to see posts from museums around the country about how they are celebrating.

Museums Aotearoa Forum in Napier next Thursday
MA Board members want to get out to our members and hear about your ideas for your professional association. The first of a planned series of regional meetings will be on Thursday 11 July, in Napier, hosted by MTG Hawke’s Bay – although they haven’t got a usable building yet so we’re off site in Ahuriri. We are keen to listen to your suggestions and priorities, and provide an opportunity to get together with colleagues without having to travel too far. Anyone interested in hosting a forum, or with particular topics you’d like included, please contact the MA office.

Kaitiaki network
National Services Te Paerangi, with support from Museums Aotearoa, is developing a database of Māori who work in the museum and gallery sector.The Kāhui Kaitiaki Māori database will collate information about Māori working directly in museums and art galleries, indirectly in the sector (for example, experts on taonga), those who have moved out of or across the sector into new roles, and those who are coming into the sector through tertiary or training programmes. The database and subsequent network will include both front and back of house kaimahi (workers), paid and unpaid staff and everyone from volunteers through to Board members.

The collation of this information will assist in the organisation of a Kāhui Kaitiaki hui to be held in Hawke’s Bay on the 11/12/13th of October 2013 with the kaupapa of “Titiro Whakamua”. With the information from the database, we will be more aware of who is working in the sector, and what kaitiaki want to achieve through the hui and the Kāhui Kaitiaki network.

We currently have a student, Matariki Williams, on board to work on this project with our Museums Aotearoa Kaitiaki Māori representative, Tryphena Cracknell. Matariki is interning with National Services Te Paerangi as part of her Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University – contact Matariki to be included.

Tracking Tunnel by Adrienne Grant

Tracking Tunnel by Adrienne Grant

Waikato Museum have an interesting art installation on their forecourt. Here is an image from their facebook page of Tracking Tunnel by Hamilton artist Adrienne Grant – a giant people sized version of the tunnels used by conservation workers.

Massive Theatre performing excerpts from The Brave for CNZ 2013

Massive Theatre performing excerpts from The Brave for CNZ 2013

Last week Talei and Phillipa both attended Creative New Zealand’s conference in Auckland last week – Arts by, with, for young people. With case studies, keynote speakers, academics, practitioners and performers, it was a lively event with lots of good ideas tossed around. we did find it a bit ironic that there were far more young people on the stage than in the audience, which brought home the fact that while the arts are managed by older people, we all need to be fully engaged with the next generations who are our audiences and our inheritors.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei


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