News Update 31 July 2013

Kia ora,

The big activity for us this week is the switch to our brand new website and database – at least at the back end. The website looks very much the same to the public, with the addition of a searchable museum directory, which includes national organisations and service providers. Once members are logged in, there is access to a whole new range of services. The most obvious are the forums (or ‘fora’ for those who like their Latin accurate) and members directory where you can find and contact your museum and gallery colleagues.

2013_07_30_MA_Danny_P1010354Congratulations to these enthusiastic members who have earned themselves a t-shirt by being the first to update their details:

Janie Sutherland (Puke Ariki), Felicity Milburn (Christchurch Art Gallery), Gelaine Marupo (Heritage Kaikohe), Erin Flanigan (Puke Ariki), Ruth Barrett (student)

Please make sure you log in and check that your details are correct.

Our next giveaway will be t-shirts for the first five forum posts, and another 5 for the most interesting over the next 2 weeks (we’ll do the judging, bribes will be taken into consideration).

On a more serious note, we’re looking forward to the next members meeting in Christchurch on 15 August. We’ll be hosted by Canterbury Museum, and begin with afternoon tea. We’ll hear about some MA activities and you will have time to talk to staff and Board members – as well as each other – about what you want MA to be doing for you and the sector. Afterwards Canterbury Museum is bringing Sarah Davy from the NZ Film Archive to present the compilation of ‘Temple, Prison, Restaurant: Representations of Museums and Archives in Film and Television’. Sarah presented this compilation at MA13 in Hamilton and we’re delighted that it will now be shared more widely. Don’t forget to RSVP so we can get the catering and room setup right.

The 2013 Museum Sector Remuneration Survey has now been released. MA worked with Strategic Pay to set up this annual survey in 2009, and the first survey in 2010 included data about 1792 positions in 49 organisations. Four years on, the 2013 report covers 3590 employees in 53 organisations. It seems that the high number of advertised vacancies in the last year has only resulted in a small increase in staff turnover, and that salaries have increased about in line with the wider Not For Profit sector in that period. The report is confidential and only available to organisations, not individuals. To find out more, contact Strategic Pay

We’ll look forward to seeing many of you at meetings around the country and hearing from you online very soon.

Nga mihi
Phillipa and Talei


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