News Update, 5 August 2014

Kia ora

Our thoughts go out to the whanau and colleagues of Natalie Cadenhead, who passed away last week after a short illness. Natalie will be known to many through her work in Christchurch with Antarctica New Zealand and as Curator of Antarctic and Canterbury Social History at Canterbury Museum. Natalie was more recently working for CERA as Advisor, Cultural Recovery. The large number of both current and past museum staff at her farewell was a real indication of the high regard in which she was held.

This week we are all remembering the start of World War One, and the four years of turmoil it brought not only to the places where it was fought, but also the people in New Zealand and other places whose lives were forever changed by the ‘Great War’. There are so many museum, gallery and other cultural and community activities happening around the country that we can’t possibly list them. A few that caught our attention are the 100-gun salute in Wellington yesterday, Auckland Museum’s centenary launch weekend, the collaborative Great War Stories videos being aired on TV3 at 6.30pm this week, and NSTP’s All That Remains website.

August 1 marked the launch of New Zealand’s new, integrated audiovisual archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the operating name for the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero. The archive was formed by the amalgamation of the collections and staff of the New Zealand Film Archive; the Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero; and the Television New Zealand Archive. New Zealand’s film, television and radio collections have been brought together within the new organisation, where they will be cared for by specialist staff and in dialogue with each other tell richer stories about our country and its peoples. Read more about the new archive here.

Today we have been stuffing envelopes with the August Museums Aotearoa Quarterly – a bumper 28-page issue with all sorts of articles around the theme of ‘people’ – visitors, communities, public programmes, exhibitions, politics and opinion.

The MA Board is meeting in Wellington this Thursday, 7 August. As well as planning for MA15 and beyond, we will be conducting a new sector survey. Coming up is a series of regional meetings during October and November – look out for these and plan to meet up with colleagues in museums and galleries near you to share ideas and inspiration.

Mauriora,

Nā Phillipa māua ko Talei

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