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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